Indian skipper Virat Kohli will not be addressing the press and media officials ahead of the all-format Caribbean tour. According to reports, the skipper isn’t interested to give an appearance amid existing dressing room tensions.
A planned red carpet was cancelled yesterday during Virat’s presence at the Kabaddi league. He was at the event to cheer his side, U-Mumba. Virat has given only one interview to the TOI, till now after the World Cup.
The Indian side is all set to leave for the tour Monday night. Addressing the press ahead of any overseas tour has been one of the traditions followed until now. However, this time it has taken a U-turn. Sources suggest that Virat would be taking part in a promotional event on Monday, but a strict no to press conference.
Reports emerged that there has been a rift between the players in the Indian side forming two factions. Alongside the clashes, the latest changes with respect to the families might make things still sceptical.
Either Virat Kohli or the team management hasn’t given any statement on the semi-final defeat and the circumstances led to it. Even Rohit Sharma, who broke several records in the tournament hasn’t given any briefing. The reasons behind the same are unknown yet.
The Carribean tour
The tour commences on August 3rd with the T20I series to at Lauderhill, Florida. The series has caught a lot of public attention primarily due to the inclusion of youngsters.
The series also marks the beginning of the ICC test championship for both sides. The Indian side showed is maintaining its top spot in the longer formats until now. It will be interesting to see if the test specialists can add a feather to the cap with stellar performances.
This series will also be one last time where the side will sport ‘Oppo’ on their jerseys. From September, Byju’s classes will be taking over the sponsorship. Can the young Indian side create an impact on the tour? Only time will tell.