There has been a lot of turmoil ahead of the Indian cricket team’s tour of South Africa. Ahead of the Test series, Rohit Sharma has been ruled out due to injury, while there is news of Virat Kohli withdrawing from the ODI series. Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin has raised questions about this matter.
Virat Kohli raised questions on leave from BCCI during the ODI series
The limited-overs captaincy has been snatched from Virat Kohli, the BCCI has recently decided to remove Virat from the captaincy of the ODI team. A lot has happened about this thing. Kohli said that he was not informed before the removal of the ODI captaincy. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that Kohli told to step down from the captaincy but he refused to do so.
Kohli in Centurion starting December 26
A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that Test captain Virat Kohli has not made any formal request for a break from the ODI series of the upcoming tour of South Africa (IND vs SA). Kohli will lead India in a three-Test series starting December 26 at Centurion. The last Test of the series will end on January 15 in Cape Town.
Virat will play 100th test on daughter’s birthday
This is also one of the reasons for the current speculation. That India will once again have to be part of a biologically safe environment for 3 weeks on its return home. Because the Sri Lankan team is coming to play a series of Test and T20 International matches. There are also reports that Kohli may also take a break due to his daughter Vamika’s first birthday (January 11). Kohli will be playing his 100th Test match on that day.
India to play 3 Tests against South Africa
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, starting from December 26, while the last match of the series will start on December 11, the first birthday of Virat Kohli’s daughter. Apart from this, this match can also be the 100th Test match of Virat Kohli’s Test career. Because Virat Kohli has played 97 matches so far and India has to play 3 Tests against South Africa.
Bio bubble can take a break due to fatigue
Kohli has earlier advocated workload management due to fatigue caused by bio-bubbles and believes that being a part of it for a long time is not practical as it can have an adverse effect on mental health. Last year, Kohli was on paternity leave during the 2020-21 tour of Australia and did not even play in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand at home.
Virat Kohli did not ask for any leave
A senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Virat Kohli has not sent any formal request to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly or Secretary Jay Shah so far for not playing in ODIs. If a decision taken later. Or God forbid he gets injured, then it is a different matter. As of today, he will play in three ODIs to be played on January 19, 21, and 23.