“India Captain Virat Kohli will be rested for the fourth and fifth ODI against New Zealand and the subsequent T201 series. Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and Senior selection committee is Of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” BCCI said in a media statement.
BCCI continued, “There will be no replacement for Mr. Kohli in the squad for the New Zealand series. Rohit Sharma will captain the side in the final two ODIS and T20I.”
The decision by BCCI came after the realisation that Indian skipper is playing continuously from past few months and he needs to be rested following an ODI series against Australia at home before the Indian Premier League season kicks off.
Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series against New Zealand. In Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead India.
Team India began their New Zealand tour with a first win in the country against the Kiwis in last 10 years. It was a thumping win by eight wickets for them as they will now look to build on it and win the series as well. India lead the ODI series 1-0 after an eight-wicket win in Napier.