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Virat Kohli not travelling to South Africa for T20I and ODI series

Virat Kohli not travelling to South Africa for T20I and ODI series

Virat Kohli will take a break from the white-ball formats after a record-breaking performance at the 2023 Cricket World Cup. However, Kohli will link up with the India team in South Africa for a 2-Test series.

Following the heartbreaking defeat in World Cup final, Virat Kohli has decided to take an extended break from white-ball cricket. The star Indian cricketer is set to miss the T20I and ODI series against South Africa, set to be begin in December.

According to Indian Express, the 35-year-old has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of his decision to take a break.

India’s tour to South Africa involves 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches, starting on December 10.

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While Kohli is set to skip both T20Is and ODIs, he is set to feature in the Test matches.

The former Indian skipper will reportedly join the India’s Test squad by December 20. The first IND vs SA Test will be played on the Boxing day (December 26).

“He (Kohli) has informed the BCCI and selectors that he needs a break from white-ball cricket, and he will get back to them about when he wants to play white-ball cricket next. At the moment he has informed the BCCI that he will be playing red-ball cricket, which means he is available for selection for the two Test matches in South Africa,” a source was quoted as saying to Indian Express.


For the unversed, Kohli has been playing non-stop cricket since the tour of West Indies. The former India captain has featured in 15 ODIs and also played three Tests. In the recently concluded World Cup, the 36-year-old topped the scoring charts, scoring a record-shattering 765 runs in 11 ODIs. He went on to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.


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