Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India star batsman Virat Kohli will not be available for selection in white-ball matches for an indefinite period. As per reports, Kohli has reportedly informed BCCI in this regard.

As per the development, Kohli is ruled out of the white-ball leg of India’s upcoming tour to South Africa and the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan in January.

As per a BCCI official, Kohli has decided to concentrate on red-ball cricket as of now and he will only play the two Tests in South Africa and not the ODIs and T20Is.

“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,” said the BCCI official.

However, there is no clarity on Team India captain Rohit Sharma’s availability for the white-ball series in the South Africa tour.

Notably, both Kohli and Rohit have not played T20 cricket since the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. However, with the T20 World Cup to be held in June next year, there are speculations that both of them would return to have one final crack at winning an ICC trophy.