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Virat Kohli not to play South Africa ODI Series

Virat Kohli not to play South Africa ODI Series

CRICDOT DESK : Virat Kohli was reportedly excluded from India’s ODI Three-Way Battle Series against South Africa for personal reasons as it will take place in January next year. Kohli recently replaced Rohit Sharma as captain of the Indian ODI team almost a few months after announcing his decision to resign from the T20I’s leadership role. The Times of India reports that the South African ODI series coincides with his daughter’s birthday, so Kori has already informed BCCI of plans to spend with his family.

This news arrives the day after BCCI announces that Rohit has been banned from South African testing due to hamstring issues. However, the newly appointed Deputy Test Captain is expected to be subject to ODI.
“These two must play together”: Former British Pacer wants India to support Mayank Agarwal and Schreyas Ayer for the South African test. In the past, there have been reports that Kori and Rohit were not in a friendly relationship.

“For years, the locker room in India was full of ego. With Kapil Dev and Sunel Gavaskar, Mohammed Azhardin and Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Drabid, MS Doni. Virender Sehwag, or Gortam Ganbeer. But that doesn’t mean they’re summarized in what they’re doing in the field. They’re professionals and always have to act in a particular way. “TOI Quotes sources that are following development.

BCCI, in a media release announcing the Test squad for the South Africa tour, had informed of its decision to hand over the whiteball captaincy to Rohit.

Earlier this year, Kohli had announced he will quite T20I captaincy post T20 World Cup in UAE where India exited from the group stage.

Speaking to News18, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said he personally spoke to Kohli about not giving up T20I captaincy.

However, the board wasn`t in the favour of split captaincy in whiteball cricket and therefore decided to hand over the captaincy duties in limitedovers to Rohit.

“It`s like I said… I personally requested him (Kohli) not to give up the T20I captaincy. Obviously he was feeling the amount of work. It’s ok, he was a great cricket player, he was very enthusiastic about his cricket. He has been a captain for a long time and these things happen. I have been a captain for a long time, so I know. Besides, they just wanted a white ball captain. And that`s why this decision. I don`t know what`s going to happen in future. But as I said, it`s a good team and it has some fantastic players and I hope they will turn it around,” Ganguly said.

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