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No rift between Dhoni and Virat: Mohammed Shami


Bengaluru: Insisting that all was well in the Indian cricket dressing room, pacer Mohammed Shami today said reports of rift between Test captain Virat Kohli and ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni are simply wrong. “That the team is divided and the team is not performing — there is no truth in these things. I have shared the dressing room with all of them including Virat and Mahi Bhai. I never felt anything like that (there is a rift between them). If media is making an issue then it is wrong,” he told PTI here.

The injured pacer is in the city undergoing fitness training at the National Cricket Academy. Shami has been out of action since the World Cup due to discomforting pain and injury in his left knee.

Shami also requested media not to highlight “baseless” stories of disunity and rift between Kohli and Dhoni, and instead write about the team’s ad players’ performance.

“I request media not to highlight these baseless stories. This only divides the team, and affects team’s and players’ performance,” he said. Asked whether Dhoni should give up captaincy after a poor show by India against Bangladesh, Shami said it is not fair to draw conclusions on the basis of one bad series.

“I like his captaincy, I mean look at his record. Mahi Bhai has won us World Cups in all formats of the game. One should not draw conclusions based on just two series where we haven’t performed. According to me, he should continue,” he said.