Virat Kohli likely to be rested for South Africa T20Is- Report

Kohli has scored 216 runs in 12 matches for RCB with one fifty.

Kohli has scored 216 runs in 12 matches for RCB with one fifty | BCCI-IPLFormer India captain Virat Kohli, in all likelihood, will miss the upcoming five-match T20Is against South Africa at home. He is enduring the worst batting patch of his career not having scored a century since November 2019.

South Africa is scheduled to play a five-match Twenty20 series in India from June 9 to 19. Delhi, Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, and Bengaluru will host the matches. Then India will travel to the UK in June-July. They will first play a T20 series against Ireland and then compete against England in one Test (5th Test of the 2021 series) and six white-ball games.

Even in the ongoing IPL 2022, Kohli has scored just one fifty in 12 matches and has three first-ball ducks to his name. He has 216 runs and averages 19.63 and at a dismal strike rate of 111.34.

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As per PTI reports, the national selection committee, headed by Chetan Sharma, would allow India’s ace batter to take some time off from the game after spending considerable time in bio-bubble in the last two months.

"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 BCCI official told PTI.

The selection committee will meet towards the end of the IPL and the series against the Proteas will set in motion the Indian team's preparations for the T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia in October-November.

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 11 May, 2022

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