Every sport, whether cricket or otherwise, is associated with rivalries: between teams, between players, but very rarely between members of the same team.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Hitman Rohit Sharma are the current pillars of the Indian batting team. The two have led India to glorious victories and comparisons are often drawn between the two and the question, “Who is the real goat?” often has no answers.
While the two cricketers only become rivals during the Indian Premier League (IPL) season and Sharma heads the Mumbai Indians and Kohli heads the Royal Challengers camp in Bangalore, the fans of the two Indian cricketers don’t seem to be limited to the IPL. They don’t seem to be sparing themselves online either.
If you’ve come across these lawn war comments and wondered why the fierce rivalry exists, you are not alone. Australian journalist Chloe Amanda Bailey was curious to know why the fans of both cricketers who belong to the same roster hate each other and went to Twitter to ask fans the question directly.
She also added a meme: Nasseruddin Shah said ‘Gunah hai yeh’. (This is a crime.)
However, their tweet may have unleashed Pandora’s Box when cricket fans embarked on a mini war to explain why one was better than the other.
Because Virat Kohli always praises the achievement of Rohit Sharma, but Rohit Sharma never praises the achievement of Virat Kohli. Lots of videos are available on YouTube if you want to see where Virat praises Rohit Sharma. But no video is available in which Rohit praises Virat Kohli. https://t.co/VoaWi9pqcE
– ARJIT GUPTA (@ ImArjitGupta18) December 16, 2020
Maybe they ran out so often
– Arsiya Khanam (@ Asha48350148) December 16, 2020
Why is there the word Rohitians or Viratians, the question is ..
– Sanju Sabu (@ SanjuSabu13) December 16, 2020
And your own memes.
There was also speculation that Virat Kohli had dated Rohit Sharma’s wife, Ritika Sajdeh, at some point, but most of the rumors have been dismissed and he was managing it as early as 2013.
While the rivalry between fans may be, it doesn’t exist that much with players. In a 2017 interview with Breakfast With Champions, Kohli had mentioned that he initially felt threatened when Rohit Sharma entered the scene. “I’m a young player too. So what are they all about?” Kohli explained in Hindi.
Then the T-20 World Cup happened and Kohli saw Rohit Sharma’s eyelash. Then he praises it and says, “It’s amazing. I haven’t seen anyone else see it better than him.”