Cricket in India is no less than religion and the players are no less than gods. When the prayers are not answered, the devotees start to question their faith, gods, and devotion.
Back in 2011, Sachin Tendulkar rode into the cricketing sunset. Over the next decade, Kohli and Rohit Sharma grabbed the brass ring and took it upon themselves to carry the country to heights never seen before.
During this time, both of them went through the tiring and emotional phases. Their legacy during those moments was to shut the outside noise, get back, and deliver better than ever.
Who can forget Virat Kohli’s England Tour 2014? No one can forget Kohli saying he knew he was going to get out? Well, a legend rose after all this. His numbers in test cricket need no more introduction. His return to England in 2018 proved why there will always be just one Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma returned after an unfortunate injury for a series with Sri Lanka in 2014, slammed an unbelievable world-record 264, and became ‘The Hitman’ of world cricket.
Fans, experts, and some cricket pundits have gone on to the extent of saying that there is no place for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the team. The trolls, hate, and criticism these two cricketers have faced for some time now have been on a whole other level.
What will happen if Virat and Rohit retire today? Everyone is replaceable. We have many players to take care of cricket. But, there is a greater story at play here, a story greater than cricket.