Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on alleged “No player is bigger than the game”

Anurag Thakur

Youth and Sport Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said no player is bigger than the sports when asked about alleged rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur responded to allegations of a dispute between two Indian captains, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, saying no one was bigger than sports and that the unions or organizations involved should provide details on the matter.

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“Sport is high and no one is bigger than sports. I can’t provide information on what is going on among the players of any sport. The work of the organizations / organizations involved. It will be better if they provide information,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told India Today.

Rumors of differences between the two top cricketers have been circulating since Kohli was removed as ODI captain and the job was given to Rohit by the BCCI last week. This comes after Kohli decided to step down as captain of the T20I team after the ICC T20 World Cup last month and Rohit took over.

Rohit suffered a hamstring strain on Sunday and was dropped from the South Africa Test series, where Kohli will be leading the Indian team. Then came the rumor that Kohli may have skipped SA ODIs because of the birth of his first daughter, but nothing has been confirmed by the Indian cricket board or the player himself.

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Significantly, Rohit and Kohli have not played alone since India exited the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE in early November. Kohli is scheduled to speak to the media at a press conference on Wednesday. He is expected to be bombarded with rumors circulating on social media, be it about the ODI captain’s change, his participation in the limited overs series against South Africa and even his relationship with Rohit.

Source- India Today

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