Virat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to lead

first_imgVirat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to leadVirat Kohli, who has played non-stop over the past several months, has been rested for the last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 08:04 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Rohit Sharma will lead India in the last two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series in the absence of Virat Kohli (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli will take a break after the third ODI vs New ZealandKohli has been rested for the final 2 ODIs and T20I series vs NZIn Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead India. No replacement for KohliVirat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs against New Zealand and the three-match T20I series. Rohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence and no replacement has been named.Kohli had last been rested for the Asia Cup following India’s tour of Ireland and England where he had played all five T20Is, all three ODIs and the entire five-Test series where he scored 593 runs.Virat Kohli returned to lead India in the home series against West Indies before embarking on the tour of Australia. Kohli featured in all T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs.In New Zealand, Kohli will play three ODIs but will be rested for the 4th and 5th ODIs and the T20I series which follows immediately.After the tour of New Zealand, India will host Australia for a limited-overs tour. The Indian Premier League has also been advanced because of the World Cup which starts in England on May 30. India will be playing a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series against Australia at home from February 24.BCCI wants Kohli to rest ahead of Australia home seriesBCCI, in a press release, said Kohli has been rested keeping in mind his workload. As the premier batsman of the team, Kohli scored 2735 international runs including 11 hundreds in 2018.”India captain Virat Kohli will be rested for the fourth and fifth ODI against New Zealand and the subsequent T20I 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,” the release said.advertisementPost-game shenanigans courtesy @msdhoni & @imVkohliThis looks fun #TeamIndia #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 23, 2019Kohli had been in fine form in India’s historic Test series win in Australia. The India captain scored 282 runs, including a valiant hundred in Perth, from four Tests. He became the first India captain to lead the Asian giants to a Test series win on Australian soil. Kohli also scored a ton in the three-match ODI series, which India won 2-1.On Tuesday, Kohli became the first man to sweep all three ICC awards when he won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.Also Read | Watch: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni find a unique way to celebrate India’s victory over New ZealandAlso Read | Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s recordAlso Read | India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane WilliamsonAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more