Virat Kohli notified selectors that he will be available beginning with the Asia Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named a 15-man team to play Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series next month on Saturday, July 30th. In the 50-over format, Rohit Sharma will continue his absence, while Shikhar Dhawan will take over as captain. However, Virat Kohli’s absence, as predicted, remains a mystery.
Kohli’s position in the national squad has been a heated subject, and his selection or non-selection for the Zimbabwe trip has generated quite a stir. The top batters’ sluggish form has alarmed some analysts, especially with big tournaments, most notably the Asia Cup, coming. The former Indian skipper is taking a hiatus from the game to recover his much-maligned batting form of recent years.
According to a media source, the senior batter spoke with national selectors and informed them that he will be eligible for the Asia Cup later this month. Notably, the Indian squad has a busy schedule between the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup in Australia, which begins in October.
Meanwhile, the Indian team welcomes back pace-bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar, who has been out of action for the previous five months due to hamstring and back problems. Washington Sundar, a prodigious off-spinner, has also been recalled to the team after a fine performance with Lancashire in the county tournament.
Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Arshdeep Singh have been left out of the team, which also includes senior players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, and Hardik Pandya.