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Kohli has not requested for ODI break from South Africa officially: BCCI sources


India is to play 3 tests and 3 ODIs in South Africa from the 26th of December. After yesterday’s news of Rohit Sharma not going to South Africa, a major development came in the morning when it was revealed that Virat Kohli has opted out of the South Africa ODI tour due to personal reasons, citing the need to be around the family for her daughter’s first birthday.

Now shocking news has emerged that Kohli has not requested officially yet for the break from the ODI series. A BCCI source on account of anonymity revealed that the former captain has not asked for the breaks in writing so far. India will be led by Virat Kohli in the coming test series against South Africa. The team will be eyeing their maiden test series win.

Earlier, Kohli stepped down from the T20 captaincy citing reasons of workload management. While some thought that the captaincy transfership was inevitable, Virat wanted to portray that he left the captaincy on his own. However, the BCCI chief revealed that he personally requested Kohli to not give up captaincy as split-captaincy in the white-ball format was not something that the selectors were in favour of.

The official said that as of now since there has been no formal request yet, Kohli as of now officially looks to play the three ODI matches starting from 19th January. Earlier, Mohammad Azharuddin after coming to know of news of Virat excluding the ODI tour commented that such news often reflects drifts in the team. He said that there is nothing wrong in taking breaks but the timing of it (Virat’s decision to skip ODI) does hint that all is not well in the team.

Virat has enjoyed fabulous captaincy record in the ODI, with a winning percentage of 70.43. He won 65 matches for India in 95 matches but the regret would always be the inability to win all ICC tournaments under his captainship.

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