No official request from Virat Kohli to skip South Africa ODIs: BCCI official

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14 Dec 2021 | 10:37 AM staff

No official request from Virat Kohli to skip South Africa ODIs: BCCI official

The tour kick starts with a three-match Test series, starting December 26 at Centurion

The BCCI has confirmed that Virat Kohli has not put in a formal request for a break from the One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa. Reports earlier suggested that Kohli could give the ODI leg a miss to spend time with his family

Kohli is set to lead the Indian Test side against South Africa, starting December 26 at Centurion. However, Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Tests due to a hamstring injury, but he is on course to return to lead the side in the ODIs.

"As of now, Kohli hasn't sent any formal request to skip the ODIs to either BCCI president Sourav Ganguly or secretary Jay Shah. If something is decided at a later date or God forbid, he sustains an injury, then it's a different matter," a senior BCCI official privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"As things stand today, he is playing the three ODIs on January 19, 21, 23," he added.

The official also confirmed that the players' families are travelling with them on the same charter flight. "The skipper is travelling with his family. But yes, if he feels bubble fatigue after the Test series and wants to take a break, he would definitely inform the chairman of selectors and secretary (Shah), who is the convenor of the selection committee," the source added.

One reason for the current speculation could be that once India are back home, they will again be inside an extended bubble for three weeks with Sri Lanka coming in for Tests and T20 Internationals. There were some reports that Kohli might take a break because of his daughter Vamika's first birthday (January 11).

Kohli will be playing his 100th Test match on that day. The ODI series starts on January 19. Kohli has been an advocate of workload management in bubble life, which he thinks isn't sustainable for long periods of time as it can take a toll on one's mental health.

In the past year, he has been on a paternity break during the 2020-21 Australia series, and during the three T20 Internationals against New Zealand at home. And now, it remains to be seen if Kohli takes a break in South Africa or more likely skips the T20 series against Sri Lanka at home.

(With inputs from PTI)

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