Virat Kohli to be rested for home T20I series against South Africa: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly contemplating resting batting maestro Virat Kohli for India’s home T20I series against South Africa. Team India is scheduled to host the Proteas for a five-match T20I series, starting June 9.
Virat Kohli’s slim patch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is worrisome. The cricketer hasn’t been able to score consistently and has notched up three ducks in the ongoing season.
A senior BCCI official informed that the senior players will be given rest as they all have been in bio-bubbles for a long time. Moreover, with a lot of international commitments lined ahead, the players need to get some time off after the IPL 2022.
“Virat Kohli in all probability will be rested for the South Africa series. He has been playing a lot of cricket and has been in the bubble for a long time. It has been a policy decision regarding Kohli and other senior players that they will be given periodic breaks from time to time,” a senior BCCI official was quoted by NDTV Sports.
Notably, Virat has only managed to score 215 runs from 12 IPL outings in the ongoing edition of the tournament. The right-handed batter has only managed to score a half-century and played with a poor strike rate of 111.34.
The BCCI official further informed that apart from Virat Kohli, team India’s skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah are a couple of other names that will be rested for the series against South Africa.
“Even skipper Rohit Sharma would require adequate rest with so much cricket being played. Some of the others include KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant, who all from time to time will need rest,” the official added.
Evidently, with a lot of senior players getting a break, the selectors will give chances to youngsters to hone their skills and impress everyone in the IPL 2022. The likes of Umran Malik, Tilak Verma and Arshdeep Singh have caught selectors’ keen eyes.
India vs South Africa 5 T20Is Schedule:
June 9 – INDvsSA 1st T20I – Delhi
June 12 – IND vs SA 2nd T20I – Cuttack
June 14 – IND vs SA 3rd T20I – Visakhapatnam
June 17 – IND vs SA 4th T20I – Rajkot
June 19 – IND vs SA 5th T20I – Bangaluru