Indian Test captain Viratkohli denied that he requested to be absent from the upcoming international series (ODI) in South Africa.
This is a week following Rohit Sharma’s replacement as Kohli’s ODI captain.
According to local media, the cricket star wanted to withdraw from the series on Tuesday. This sparked speculation.
Former captain Rahul Dravid, who replaced Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India’s Test team and ODI teams, has made some changes.
India’s South Africa tour begins on December 26th with three Test matches. Then, three ODIs will be played between 19-23 January.
On Wednesday, he said to reporters: “I am available for selection of ODIs.” “I had been contacted about 1.5 hours ago [the]The selection committee meets. Chief selector discusses the Test team. After the conference ended, I received a message from the chief selector stating that I would not be ODI captain. “There was no communication beforehand.”
Sharma would not be able to play in the Test series due to a hamstring injury. He was confident and tactically sound and said he wished Sharma a speedy recovery.
According to NDTV, Sharma should be back to full strength by the start of the first ODI game.
NDTV reported, quoting sources that Kohli asked the Indian cricket board (BCCI), to let him opt out from the ODI series.
Social media speculation arose among cricket commentators and fans, asking if 33-year old star batsman, who was unhappy at being made ODI captain, fueled by rumours about a rift with Sharma, 34.
Kohli stated on Wednesday, however that he has no problems with Sharma and was tired of answering the same question over the last two-and-a half years.
In 2013, Kohli was the first Indian to lead an ODI. He then took over from Mahendra Singh Dahoni as limited-overs captain for Twenty20 and ODI.
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He was in-charge of 65 of the 95 international ODIs. India reached the semi-finals at the 2019 World Cup where New Zealand lost.
He resigned as India’s Twenty20 cricket captain in November after the T20 World Cup. He stated that he had to give himself some time to allow him to remain “fully prepared” for leading India’s Test cricket team and in one-day internationals.
Sharma was appointed vice-captain for Tests and ODIs, replacing him weeks later.
Sourav Ganguly (Indian cricket board president) said that Kohli had requested him not to resign from his role as T20 Captain.
Ganguly said to a news agency, “The selectors thought that it was impossible for them to have two white ball captains in two formats.”
The captain’s win rate of 70% was not considered, however, they also referred to Rohit’s standing-in skipper’s record with eight wins in ten ODIs.
Kohli, India’s third most successful Test captain and the highest win percentage of any Test captain in history is a great success. He rose to number seven on the list of the most successful Test teams in the world.
Under his leadership, India failed to win any ICC trophy. Last time the Champions Trophy was won, it was 2013.
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