Team India began their New Zealand tour by making history, they won the first one-day internationals in the country after a span of 10 years. It was a thumping victory by eight wickets and they will now look forward to dominate the series as well. Captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile has been rested for the last two ODIs of the five-match series.
The 30-year-old will also not lead India in the three-match T20I series that will follow. Opener Rohit Sharma will lead India in the last two ODIs and for the T20I series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released the statement saying Rohit Sharma will lead team India in Kohli’s absence after the third ODI which is set to be played on January 28.
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.
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 series,” the statement read.