Virat Kohli reportedly set to opt out of ODI series against South Africa

Cricket - Practice Session - Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India - March 9, 2021. India's captain Virat Kohli bats during a practice session ahead of their first Twenty20 International match against England. REUTERS/Amit Dave - RC2R7M9UHGJK

Former India ODI skipper Virat Kohli will reportedly not be part of Rohit Sharma’s first ODI series as the captain. Kohli is expected to fly back to India after the end of the Test series to be with his family on the occasion of his daughter’s first birthday. 

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The ace batsman has apparently already informed BCCI of his decision to not play in the three-match ODI series. As a result, he has asked for a small break, which means that Kohli and Rohit Sharma won’t play alongside each other in the tour of South Africa.

“Yes, Kohli has asked for a small break in January to spend some time with his family. It effectively means that he would miss the ODI series against South Africa,” the source said.

Sharma has already been ruled out of the Test series following an injury he suffered in the nets. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the BCCI’s decision to hand over the entire white-ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma’s injury should heal in 3 weeks time. He should be available to lead India in the ODI’s”, informed the BCCI official.

Sourav Ganguly cleared the air surrounding the captaincy debacle earlier. He claimed that the team wanted only one captain in white-ball formats. He added that Kohli was asked not to quit the T20I captaincy, but he took the decision keeping his workload in mind.

“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said

India will tour South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs. The Test series will be contested as part of the WTC second cycle while the ODI series will merely be a bilateral series and not be considered in the ODI World Cup Super League.

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