India recently suffered a shocking defeat in the recently-concluded ODI series against Bangladesh. Post the loss, the team were exposed to a lot of criticism.
When the media asked Virat Kohli about the reason behind the loss, he said "doubtful decision making" led to the series defeat.
It sparkled a rumour in the media that Kohli's comment created a rift in the dressing room between India skipper MS Dhoni and Kohli. Kohli apparently was doubting Dhoni's leadership abilities.
But Team India director Ravi Shastri has brushed aside any such rumour and said both have utmost respect 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, 70 percent of matches won.
"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," said Shastri in an interview to PTI.
Shastri also went on to praise the India captain and said that Dhoni is the kind of player who plays on his own terms. He has done a lot for his own side and his country. There is a lot of cricket left in him and he can continue to contribute just as he has done in the past.
"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," Shastri added.