After the selectors revealed the 18-man squad for India’s forthcoming three One-Day Internationals against South Africa, commencing on January 19, Chetan Sharma, chairman of the BCCI’s All-India Senior Selection Committee, talked at length on many elements of Indian cricket.

Chetan Sharma, the former cricketer-turned-selection committee chairman, responded to speculations of a breach between Rohit and Virat Kohli after the team was named, with KL Rahul taking over as captain in the absence of injured limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma. For the uninitiated, reports of a schism in Indian cricket have resurfaced with Rohit’s replacement of Kohli as limited-overs captain in early December 2021.

Chetan answered at a press conference when asked whether the BCCI would try to organize a meeting between Rohit and Kohli to straighten things out “But what is it about? Everything is in order. That’s why I said don’t base your decisions on conjecture. All of us are cricketers first and selectors second. They don’t have anything in common.” The head selector went on to say that stories of a schism between the two superstar cricketers make him chuckle and that he believes, “I find myself laughing when I read news about them. I’m telling you, there’s a lot of future planning going on between them. Things are going swimmingly. If you were in my shoes, you’d be impressed by how well these men operate together as a team, a family, and a unit. When individuals make up stories like that, it’s truly sad. So, hopefully, there will be no more conflicts in 2021. Let’s discuss how to make them the finest team possible.”

Kohli addressed the media at a news conference on December 15, 2021, before India’s departure to South Africa, and responded to the bogus split rumours. He had maintained at the time, “There is no conflict between Rohit and myself. To be honest, I’ve been explaining this for the last two and a half years. I’m fed up with doing it. The same question gets asked of me over and over again. I can promise you one thing: my actions and conversations will never pull the team down till the end of my cricket career.”