It is being reported that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is likely to be rested for the five ODIs and one T20 that the men in blue will play against Sri Lanka later this month. In Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side after he successfully captained Mumbai Indians in the IPL this year.
According to reports by ABP news, Virat Kohli could be rested for the 5-match ODI series and the one-off T20 against Sri Lanka that the men in blue are scheduled to play later this month. Kohli has only been left out of a single game out of the 43 matches that the team has played across all formats in the 12-month period starting from July 2016.
Only Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis has played more matches than the Delhi batsman having featured in 46 games. But Mendis has featured in only 13 Tests as opposed to Kohli's 18 who was also a part of the RCB team that played 10 matches in the IPL.
The ODI series against Sri Lanka is the best time to rest Kohli and the selectors will definitely keep that in mind when they meet on Friday to pick the team for the series. India is scheduled to play 3 Tests, 13 ODIs and 11 T20s—between September and December at home before heading to South Africa and it is highly unlikely that Kohli will want to stay away from the action during the home season.
And given that Sri Lanka are currently struggling for form it would be a great platform to test some of the youngsters who have so far been kept away from the action owing to the presence of big names like Kohli. Moreover, either Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane could be chosen to lead the team but with uncertainity over Rahane's position in the playing XI in the limited over format, it would be Sharma who becomes the frontrunner for the role.
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