New Delhi: "Biggest load of bull**** I have been hearing", Indian cricket team's director Ravi Shastri said yesterday, dismissing reports of a rift between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Shastri said the two players have utmost respect for each other and the Indian team was "one honest bunch" who believed in playing for each other. It's (rift between Dhoni and Kohli) the biggest load of bull**** I have been hearing.
It's one honest bunch who believes in playing for each other. That's why the results you have had over the last year," Shastri told PTI in an interview.
"You ought to see the respect they have for each other. Kohli is young, flamboyant, in-your-face character. He will learn with the exposure he gets. He is only 26, let him settle into captaincy for a year or two," he said.
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli congratulate each other after winning the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 15, 2013. Pic/Getty Images
Shastri spoke highly of current ODI captain Dhoni, calling him an all-time legend, who played on his own terms.
"Dhoni is an all-time legend. He is the kind of bloke who plays on his own terms. It's best exemplified in the manner he quit Test cricket. I would have known many who would have loved to go for a 100-Test milestone," he said.
Asked whether young players like Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have settled in the team, Shastri said their best is yet to come. "All are young, in the 26-28 age bracket. Their best is still ahead."