Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side in Kohli’s absence.
Virat has also been rested for the T20I series which will start after the ODIs end.
No replacement for Kohli has been announced yet.
Over the past several months Virat Kohli has been playing Cricket without the time to rest. Virat has finally been given his much-needed break. India is 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series in New Zealand. The second and third ODI matches will be played on January 26 and 28, respectively. After that Kohli will fly back to India as he has been rested for the last two ODIs and the T20I series that follows.
Virat Kohli, as we know, has been playing all formats non-stop since the end of Asia Cup, the last time he took time off Cricket. Kohli has played 14 of the 15 Tests India played since the start of 2018 and has amassed 1345 runs. The only time he sat out was during the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in June. The BCCI has emphasized the management of burden and stress on key players of late. Hence, Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the entire tour of New Zealand after a successful venture in Australia.
The squad, as of now, remains the same for the last two ODIs and the three T20I games as no replacement for Virat Kohli has been named yet. Rohit Sharma will lead as captain of the Indian team in Kohli’s absence. The IPL has also been preponed because of the World Cup which starts on May 30, in England. India will be hosts to Australia for a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series starting February 24. So all in all Kohli gets a one-month worth of rest before a hectic schedule of Cricket starts again.
The BCCI has confirmed in their media release that Kohli would be back for limited-overs series at home against Australia, that’s scheduled in March.
“Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and senior selection committee are of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the BCCI release said.