The debate and animosity between the fans of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on social media have been going on for a long time now; even though both the cricketers are good mates and have thrown support behind each other regularly, their fans online haven’t found peace with each other yet.
Both have attained greatness in all forms of the game with spectacular accolades they have achieved over the course of their India and IPL careers.
While Kohli leads the IPL run-scoring chart, Rohit has more IPL trophies as captain under his belt. While Kohli has Test records against most teams, Rohit has excelled in white-ball cricket in recent years.
While Rohit won the 2007 T20 World Cup, Kohli won the 2011 ODI World Cup, etc. Under Kohli, India became a fearsome, conquering Test team; since Rohit took the captaincy last year, India haven’t lost a single white-ball series yet.
Trolling, name-calling, mockery – Here are five recent instances when Virat Kohli’s fans found an opportunity to troll Rohit Sharma:
Fans trolled Rohit for getting injured before South Africa tour
Rohit Sharma’s Test career can be divided into two sections: at home, he averages an astonishing 73 while outside India he averages a mediocre 31.
His reputation of not performing well in Tests outside India and getting injured before an overseas tour was compounded when he sustained a hamstring injury while training days before flying out to South Africa in December 2021 for a 3-Test series. Further giving an opportunity to be ridiculed, some even said that Sharma was faking injury to avoid touring SA.
No. Of games missed due to injury
— Mahmud Kohli 🥵 (@mahmudayan216) December 13, 2021
Sir yeh injury har overseas Test series se pehle hi kyun hoti hai? 🤔🤔
— Cricketjeevi (@wildcardgyan) December 13, 2021
Is it really injury or something else 👀
— Jack Leach ❁ (@JackLeachOP) December 13, 2021
Mumbai Indians losing 8 matches in a row
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians lost 8 matches in a row at the start of the IPL 2022 creating a new, unwanted and embarrassing record in the IPL. It was a shocker given MI are the 5-time champion.
In the previous years, it had been RCB who were subject to trolling for their losses, but this time RCB and Kohli fans got the chance to pounce on MI’s misery.
Absolutely. I guess this not only exposes " Best Captain theory" , it also gives redemption to Kohli.
— G (@ThatWittyGal) April 21, 2022
Both Rohit and Kohli scored ducks
Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a disappointing IPL 2022 season with both having sub-par returns with the bat. During a point in the tournament, after Kohli had scored a duck, even Rohit followed it up with a duck, spurring social media, as Sharma created the record for most ducks (14) in the IPL.
Records made by @ImRo45 today!!!
-First ever captain to lose back to back 7 matches in IPL
-First captain to lose all first 7 matches in IPL
– Having most ducks in IPL
Believe it or not, it's called captaincy pressure!
And you troll @imVkohli for this🤷#IPL2022
— Debdatta Nayak🇮🇳 (@NayakDebdatta) April 21, 2022
Hardik Pandya abusing Rohit Sharma made Kohli fans happy
Recently, on the tour of England, Hardik Pandya was heard abusing about skipper Rohit Sharma regarding a field placement. Some Kohli fans considered this a aa clear sign of disrespect by Pandya to Sharma, stating that Kohli was never treated like this during his tenure as India’s captain.
— 🐧 (@ffsvirat) July 10, 2022
During Virat Kohli’s captaincy paid PRs and agenda peddlers said there were rifts in dressing room but now what would they say about these rifts on field, captured on camera where Hardik Pandya abused Rohit Sharma. #HardikAbusedRohit
— Pari (@BluntIndianGal) July 10, 2022
Rohit ruled out of Edgbaston Test due to covid-19, fans said Kohli should lead again
Rohit once again missed an overseas Test – the Edgbaston Test in July 2022 vs England as he was down with covid-19. Kohli fans requested the board to let Kohli lead the team for one more time as India had taken the 2-1 lead under Kohli. However, Bumrah made his captaincy debut, but India lost the Test.
Are u serious 😡😡 BC overseas me khelne se pahle new excuse dhoondh leta hai ye banda 🤣🤣
— ViRaTstan (@soulKohli) June 25, 2022
— 𝘼 𝘽 𝙄 𝙉 𝙀 𝙎 𝙃 (@abineshdfc) June 26, 2022
Male Kohli the captain for last test if he’s unavailable. Its his series
— ketan kushte🇮🇳 (@kkushte) June 25, 2022