Virat Kohli, who has had a difficult stretch, would be rested for the five-match T20I series versus South Africa, which is slated to begin on June 9 following the completion of IPL 2022. It is anticipated that Kohli would take advantage of this breather in order to rebuild himself and restore his form in the game in preparation for India’s next series against England.
Following spending a huge amount of time in bio-bubble, it is anticipated that the national selection committee, which is directed by Chetan Sharma, would give India’s No. 1 batter consent to take a vacation from the play. In addition to Kohli, it is possible that other members of the Indian team may get some time off during the series against South Africa.
“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,” said a senior BCCI official.
Players from time to time will need to rest: BCCI official
Kohli has had a difficult period in his game and has suffered in the current IPL. Even after surrendering his leadership, the veteran player has been unable to recapture his touch. Ravi Shastri and Michael Vaughan, along with other cricket legends, have expressed worry about Virat Kohli’s condition and suggested that he take a short break to regain his composure.
Even India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, has struggled while heading the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2022.
“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.
Moreover, if the speculation is valid, the Indian team will have a large number of fresh players who will be given the chance to wear the national jersey. It is believed that IPL superstars Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have captured the eye of the committee. The BCCI is still yet to make an official announcement on the team.