Amid spiralling speculation of a rift between India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma, Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai on Friday rejected the talk as “stories created” by media. Also Read - India vs England, 4th Test: Axar, Ashwin Share Seven Wickets to Give Hosts The Upper Hand

Social media was abuzz with talks of a cold war between Kohli and Sharma after it was reported that the two have had a fallout following India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals. Also Read - Match Highlights India vs England 2021 4th Test Day 1: IND 24/1 at Stumps After Bowling Out ENG For 205

There were reports that the Board was contemplating split captaincy — Sharma for limited-overs and Kohli for Tests. But that too has already been ruled out by the BCCI officials. Also Read - Virat Kohli's Team is Best in History of Indian Cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

“These are all stories created by you guys,” Rai said in response to queries on whether India’s two top batsmen are indeed at loggerheads.

Neither Kohli nor Sharma has so far commented on the reported rift for which no specific reason has yet come out.

While Sharma was the highest run-getter at the World Cup with his record-breaking five hundreds, Kohli also had a decent outing in England, scoring five half-centuries.