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Virat Kohli doesn't want to play against Sri Lanka in December; Here's why

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 October 2017, 9:09 IST

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who seems to be at the peak of his cricketing career, has reportedly told the BCCI that he won't be available for the series to be played against Sri Lanka in December.

The run-machine is seeking a break because of some personal reasons.

“Kohli has informed the BCCI that there are some personal reasons and that is why he won’t be available in the month of December. Kohli has been playing non-stop cricket for quite sometimes now and he certainly would like to be fresh for South Africa tour in January,” The Indian Express quoted a source as saying.

Sri Lanka and India will face each other from November 16 to December 24 for 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20s and if Kohli gets the December break, he won't be leading team India in the ODI and T20 series along with one Test match.

Meanwhile, the men-in-blue locked horns with New Zealand in the first ODI and ended up losing the match by 6 wickets at Wankhede in Mumbai. Riding on the first match victory, the visitors now lead the 3-match series by 1-0.

Run-machine Kohli, who played his 200th ODI, smashed his 31st one-day hundred and left
cricket great former Australian captain Ricky Ponting behind on the list of highest centuries. The 'god of cricket' Sachin Tendulkar leads the list.

The second and third ODI will be played on 25 and 29 October respectively.

The T20 series will begin from 1 November.

The Indian team for the T20 series against New Zealand will be announced on Monday.

First published: 23 October 2017, 9:07 IST