Wednesday, 15th of December is much awaited by the cricket journalists of India as Virat Kohli will hold a press conference. The most likely question that Kohli is going to be bombarded with is whether he will be joining the ODI series of the South Africa tour or not. Reports on the 14th morning emerged that Virat has chosen to withdraw himself from the ODI leg of the series, due to personal reasons of wanting to be with the family on his daughter’s 1st birthday.
The noticeable thing, however, was that Kohli’s daughter’s birthday falls on the 11th of January whereas the ODI series is set to begin on the 19th of January. Another thing that comes to my attention is that the third test of Ind Sa will start on the 11th of January, yes on the same day as his daughter’s birthday.
So by wanting to be with the family on the daughter’s birthday, will Virat Kohli also skip the 3rd test? And if yes, then who will be vice-captaining the team, let alone captaining as Rohit Sharma has already been left out of the test series, owing to the hamstring in his left leg. Luckily the scan reports have suggested that it is not a muscle tear but more of a sprain which means the batsman should be available for the ODI leg of the tour.
Now, former Indian cricketer, Kirit Azad has given his opinion about Virat and Rohit not playing together in the team. According to him, “If Rohit and Virat are not playing together, then the team will suffer later, they will suffer themselves first. One player will replace another. No player is indispensable.”
Rohit Sharma has seen this hamstring problem quite a no. of times in the last couple of years. In 2020, the batsman missed the test tour of New Zealand, then later that year, Rohit was available only for the last two test matches in Australia and now the batsman has again injured his hamstring.
Over the years the news of rift between the teams has always come out from sources. The power dominance of Virat Kohli seems to have fiddled over the team in recent months and sources say that Rohit has been more of like an elder brother who bonds the team well and takes good decisions under pressure. Whether all these speculations about the team dynamics is true or not, it can only be confirmed by the BCCI officials.