Former captain Virat Kohli, who was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded World Cup, would not be part of India’s white-ball matches during the South Africa tour.
India is scheduled to play a full series, featuring all three formats in South Africa commencing with a T20I on December 10 in Durban.
According to the Indian Express, Kohli conveyed his decision to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The tour encompasses three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Test matches, with Kohli expected to join in the Test matches.
The first Test begins on Boxing Day at Centurion, followed by the second Test at Cape Town.
The national selection committee, headed by former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar, will soon unveil the Indian squad across all formats.
Kohli’s standout performance in the World Cup saw him amass 765 runs in 11 innings, clinching three centuries and earning the prestigious Player of the Tournament title.
Virat Kohli also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most ODI centuries and became the first to score 50 centuries.
“He (Kohli) has informed the BCCI and selectors about his break from white-ball cricket and will confirm his return for white-ball cricket later.
Currently, he has notified the BCCI of his availability for the two Test matches in South Africa,” a source disclosed to the publication.
Virat Kohli, presently vacationing in London after a busy cricket season that saw him play continuous cricket for for several months. His prior break was just before the World Cup in September when he was rested for the first two ODIs against Australia at home.
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