“No one is bigger than sport”: Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur in the midst of talks over Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma | Cricket news

Virat Kohli has been replaced by Rohit Sharma as India’s ODI captain.© AFP

New Delhi:

A day after former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin tweeted about the alleged rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur, said on Wednesday that there is no player greater than the game. “Virat Kohli has informed that he is not available for the ODI series and Rohit Sharma is unavailable for the upcoming test. There is no harm in taking a break but the timing needs to be better. This only substantiates speculation about the breach. Nor will it be abandoning the other form of cricket, “Azharuddin had tweeted.

“Sport is sovereign and no one is bigger than sport. I can not provide information on what is going on between which players in which game. It is the task of the federations concerned. It will be better if they provide information,” said Anurag Thakur when asked about the alleged rift between Kohli and Sharma.

On Tuesday, former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad said that if Rohit and Kohli do not play together, then Men in Blue will suffer and cricket will get a hit.


Rohit will miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. Last week, Rohit was handed the reins in the ODI and T20I formats.

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