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Rohit Sharma Goes Missing from Virat Kohli's 'Squad'

Sports | Trending Desk | August 2, 2019, 8:45 am
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 Indian skipper Virat Kohli posted a picture with his teammates on social media with the caption 'SQUAD'. Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and KL Rahul can be seen posing alongside Kohli in the image. However, the image has drawn criticism since vice-captain Rohit Sharma is missing from the frame, once again adding fuel to speculations that there is a rift between Kohli and his deputy. (Image: Instagram)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli posted a picture with his teammates on social media with the caption 'SQUAD'. Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and KL Rahul can be seen posing alongside Kohli in the image. However, the image has drawn criticism since vice-captain Rohit Sharma is missing from the frame, once again adding fuel to speculations that there is a rift between Kohli and his deputy. (Image: Instagram)

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 Meanwhile, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has earned himself a place in the Indian squad across all formats for the Windies tour took to social media and posted a group photograph with Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan. All five cricketers were seen sporting colourful clothes and shades in the image, looking relaxed in the photograph. (Image: Instagram)

Meanwhile, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has earned himself a place in the Indian squad across all formats for the Windies tour took to social media and posted a group photograph with Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan. All five cricketers were seen sporting colourful clothes and shades in the image, looking relaxed in the photograph. (Image: Instagram)

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 Earlier before the departure for the West Indies tour, Sharma too had posted a photo on Instagram which said,

Earlier before the departure for the West Indies tour, Sharma too had posted a photo on Instagram which said, "I don’t just walk out for my Team. I walk out, for my country." (Image: Instagram)

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 Earlier, Kohli has denied such suggestions, calling it

Earlier, Kohli has denied such suggestions, calling it "baffling" and "ridiculous". Speaking about it to the media, the Indian captain categorically refuted rumours of a rift with his deputy Sharma. (Image: AP)

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 Following India's ouster from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, there were claims that Rohit and Kohli are not seeing eye to eye and theories of split captaincy were also floated. (Image: Twitter)

Following India's ouster from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, there were claims that Rohit and Kohli are not seeing eye to eye and theories of split captaincy were also floated. (Image: Twitter)

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 However, Kohli said,

However, Kohli said, "In my opinion, it's baffling. It's absolutely ridiculous to read this kind of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth." (Image: AP)

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 Notably, theories which are floating around have claimed that Rohit has unfollowed both Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma on Instagram. (Image: Twitter/BCCI)

Notably, theories which are floating around have claimed that Rohit has unfollowed both Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma on Instagram. (Image: Twitter/BCCI)

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 Furthermore, Virat Kohli tweeting a group picture featuring him and several other team members before boarding a flight to Miami that does not feature Rohit Sharma, has also added to the rumours. (Image: Instagram)

Furthermore, Virat Kohli tweeting a group picture featuring him and several other team members before boarding a flight to Miami that does not feature Rohit Sharma, has also added to the rumours. (Image: Instagram)

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 What makes it worse is that Rohit Sharma has himself posted an image with his family, which he has paired with a cryptic caption, that reads,

What makes it worse is that Rohit Sharma has himself posted an image with his family, which he has paired with a cryptic caption, that reads, "Gonna miss my squad."(Image: Instagram)

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 However, Shikhar Dhawan's Insta post alongside Rohit Sharma, seems to allay fears where he has put up the caption,

However, Shikhar Dhawan's Insta post alongside Rohit Sharma, seems to allay fears where he has put up the caption, "All set for West Indies with my partner - The Hit-man! @rohitsharma45" But the fact remains, there is quite the possibility of a rift in the team, considering both cricketing stars are conspicuously absent from each others' social media timelines. (Image: Instagram)

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 Rumours about a rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma has been in the news ever since the Men in Blue failed to win the 2019 World Cup held in England and Wales. (Image: AP)

Rumours about a rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma has been in the news ever since the Men in Blue failed to win the 2019 World Cup held in England and Wales. (Image: AP)

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 In this photo, Virat Kohli is seen interacting with Rohit Sharma during the Cricket World Cup match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England,(Image: AP)

In this photo, Virat Kohli is seen interacting with Rohit Sharma during the Cricket World Cup match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England,(Image: AP)

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 Although both Rohit and Kohli have not spoken anything on the issue, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) said that the matter will not be taken into consideration unless the same is brought to them by the players themselves. (Image: AP)

Although both Rohit and Kohli have not spoken anything on the issue, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) said that the matter will not be taken into consideration unless the same is brought to them by the players themselves. (Image: AP)

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 A recent social media activity of Rohit though has added fuel to the reports of the rift between him and his skipper. (Image: Instagram)

A recent social media activity of Rohit though has added fuel to the reports of the rift between him and his skipper. (Image: Instagram)

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 The 32-year-old, who has not been following Kohli for quite some time now, has apparently

The 32-year-old, who has not been following Kohli for quite some time now, has apparently "unfollowed" Anushka Sharma -- wife of India skipper -- on Instagram. (Image: Instagram)

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 However, Kohli still follows Rohit on the image-sharing platform, but not his wife Ritika Sajdeh. (Image: AP)

However, Kohli still follows Rohit on the image-sharing platform, but not his wife Ritika Sajdeh. (Image: AP)

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 Anushka also doesn't follow Ritika and Rohit on Instagram and same is the case with Ritika who doesn't follow the Indian skipper and his wife. (Image: Twitter)

Anushka also doesn't follow Ritika and Rohit on Instagram and same is the case with Ritika who doesn't follow the Indian skipper and his wife. (Image: Twitter)

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 Reportedly, Ritika Sajdeh and Anushka Sharma shared cold vibes during the Cricket World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at in Leeds, England on July 06, 2019. In this photo, Ritika and Anushka are seen seated in extreme corners.  (Image: AP)

Reportedly, Ritika Sajdeh and Anushka Sharma shared cold vibes during the Cricket World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at in Leeds, England on July 06, 2019. In this photo, Ritika and Anushka are seen seated in extreme corners.  (Image: AP)

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 India cricket captain Virat Kohli leaves the team hotel with his wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. (Image: AP)

India cricket captain Virat Kohli leaves the team hotel with his wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. (Image: AP)

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 Rohit Sharma leaves the team hotel in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. (Image: AP)

Rohit Sharma leaves the team hotel in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. (Image: AP)

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