I walk out for my country: Rohit Sharma

Several hours before the Indian team fly to the Caribbeans to feature in two T20 internationals against West Indies, vice-captain Rohit Sharma has come to defend himself in an Instagram post.

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While skipper Virat Kohli had brushed off the speculations about any rift in the dressing room, Sharma posted a photograph which captioned,

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“I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out for my country.”

Earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri declared that no individual was bigger than the team.

Speaking at the pre-departure conference, Shastri said, “The way the team plays, no individual is bigger than the team. The way they play is in the interest of the game. You cannot have that consistency if there is a rift or whatever.”

Meanwhile, skipper Kohli reckoned, “In my opinion, it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the public sentiment is ‘aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)’. We have so much respect.

“We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth.

He further added, “I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It’s disrespectful after a moment. We’ve had no issues. If I don’t like somebody, it shows on my face. I have also heard a lot in past few days but if team atmosphere isn’t good, we couldn’t have played well.”

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