The Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was seen addressing the media ahead of Team India’s upcoming South Africa tour, scheduled to begin to be commencing on December 26. He clarified that he will be available for the three-match ODI series and had never asked for a break. He also went on to confirm that he came to know of Rohit Sharma replacing him as ODI captain just one-and-a-half hour before the Test squad for South Africa was announced.
Talking about his responsibilities in the ODI squad as a senior member now, Virar My responsibility is to push the team in the right direction. Rohit is a very able captain and tactically very sound. Along with Rahul bhai, who is a balanced coach and a great man-manager. They will get my 100 percent support in ODIs and T20Is.”
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When asked about whether reasons were given to him by the bCCI and selectors for sacking him as the ODI captain, Virat Kohli explained, “I can understand the reasons. BCCI has taken the reasons from a logical point of view. There is no problem between me and Rohit Sharma. I have been clarifying for the past two years and I am tired. None of my actions or decisions will be to take the team down.”
The opening Test match will be played in Centurion at the SuperSport Park from December 26 to 30. The next Test will be played at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium will be the host to the second Test between January 3 to 7 next year. The third and final Test will be played in Newlands in Cape Town between January 11 to 15.
Apart from the three-match Test series, India and South Africa will be locking horns with each for three ODI as well, whereas the T20I series was rescheduled for later.