Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not part of the T20I squad that has been announced for the five-match series against the West Indies. Hardik Pandya will lead a group of young players while the older players rest according to reports.
Kohli and Rohit have not played any T20I cricket for India since the T20 World Cup last year. The duo did not play T20I against Sri Lanka and New Zealand earlier this year. They are part of the test side and will be sitting in the T20I series and young players will be given a chance.
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AB De Villiers spoke about the senior duo’s break for the T20I series against the West Indies. He said that this is perhaps the new Indian T20I squadron without the two of them.
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He further said that these two players will return later in the T20I team, but for now, it is good that they are resting for a bit before the World Cup.
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma resting before the World Cup: AB De Villiers
“We will see those names again, but I like that the Indian team is a bit proactive and gives these youngsters a turn to show what their mettle is all about. Ultimately, Virat [Kohli] and rohit [Sharma] get some rest for that too [ODI] The World Cup is coming” ABD said.
Kohli and Rohit had opposite seasons in IPL 2023. The RCB star scored 639 runs in 14 games, including two centuries. While the MI captain scored just 332 runs in 16 games, including two half centuries.
The duo also have polar opposite T20 world cups. Virat Kohli finished as the best run accumulator in the tournament with 296 runs in six games at a strike rate of 136.41. Rohit, on the other hand, scored just 116 runs in six games at a strike rate of 106.42 in the T20 World Cup.
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