Following this news, there are indications that Virat Kohli may skip the ODI series on the tour of South Africa. This is the first series since Rohit Sharma was given the ODI captaincy from Kohli.
The Cold War is strong
It is estimated that another episode of the tug-of-war between Kohli and Rohit Sharma, which was formed after the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, is now underway. After the semi-final defeat of the 2019 World Cup, Rohit did not return home with the Indian team. After returning to India, a social media unfollowing war broke out between the two wives. Since then, the argument that Rohit should be given limited overs captaincy has been strong in Indian cricket. Its effectiveness is now being seen by Indian fans.
The absence of Rohit is a setback
The absence of Rohit Sharma from the Indian Test cricket team on the tour of South Africa is a major blow to captain Kohli. Rohit Sharma is the highest run scorer in Indian Test cricket in 2021. Only Rohit and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant have averaged more than 40 in the Indian Test squad this year. Rohit scored 906 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 47.68. This includes two centuries and four half-centuries. Rishabh has scored 706 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 41.52, including one century and five fifties.
Rohit still has to wait
Other Indian batsmen are Cheteshwar Pujara (686 for 29.82 in 13 Tests), Virat Kohli (483 for 28.41 in 10 Tests), Shubhman Gill (478 for 29.87 in 9 Tests) and Ajinkya Rahane (19.57 for 12 in 12 Tests). Presented so far this year. Gujarat cricketer Priyank Panchal, who replaced Rohit in the Indian Test team, had toured South Africa with the Indian A team. And scored a half-century. With Rohit out of the Tests, Ajinkya Rahane may return to the role of vice-captain. The BCCI has appointed Rohit as the new vice-captain of the Tests. Rohit is yet to wait for the first Test series as vice-captain.
Kohli in Tests only
The first Test match of India’s tour of South Africa starts on December 26. India will play three Tests and three ODIs in South Africa. The third Test will be played from January 11 to 15. It is reported that Kohli will return home after the Test. Kohli is returning home with his family. January 11 is the first birthday of the Kohli-Bollywood actress Anushka couple. It is learned that Kohli is returning home to celebrate it. Besides, there was no problem in playing ODIs under Rohit’s captaincy. The India-South Africa ODI series starts on January 19. Rohit, who is recovering from an injury, is expected to join the team.