“We will have a chat with him” – BCCI selectors to hold talks with Virat Kohli ahead of South Africa series

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Former Team India captain Virat Kohli’s form has been a form of concern as of late. He is enduring a woeful IPL campaign and has been urged by several cricketing figures to take a break from the game and start afresh. 

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The ace batter has already registered three golden ducks in the ongoing IPL so far. His involvement in Team India’s next assignment is unclear in terms of his decision to take a break as well as the call of the selectors.

According to a member of the selection committee, the panel will stage a talk with Kohli over his plans for the coming months. He told InsideSport:

“It’s a phase every player goes through and Virat is also going through the same. He will overcome it for sure. But as selectors, we will have to think about the team first. We will have a chat with him on whether he wants a break from cricket or continue to fight the slump,”  

Team India have a busy schedule following the end of IPL. Focusing on T20s primarily, the team will compete in series against the likes of South Africa, West Indies, Ireland, England, and the Asia Cup before ending the year with the World Cup.

The selector reiterated that no calls regarding the inclusion or exclusion of Kohli from the team will be taken before having a talk with him. He added:

“He is 33 and plays around 40-50 matches a year. It is only natural that it will take a toll on his body. Should he be dropped is a question that will be answered later. Virat has done enough for Indian cricket to earn that place and respect. If he wants a break, he will get a break but only after we have a chat with him,”

The squad for the home series against South Africa is likely to be announced by the latter stages of the IPL. The Proteas will play a set of five T20Is in a bid to prepare for the all-important World Cup in Australia, later this year.

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