The preparations of the Indian team under the captaincy of Virat Kohli are going in full force ahead of the three-match Test series in South Africa. The action gets underway on December 26 with the Boxing Day Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Notably, India is yet to win a Test series in South Africa. Hence, it’s a great chance for Virat Kohli and his men to script history against the Proteas team.
Team India has started training in the rainbow nation for almost a week. Several videos and pictures are doing rounds of social media where the players can be seen sweating it out in nets. Indian skipper Virat Kohli also took to Twitter on Thursday (December 23) and shared some pictures from his recent practice session. The caption referred that the 33-year-old is raring to take the field in the Boxing Day clash.
🥊day 🏏..⏳ pic.twitter.com/kV3tbqlQdp
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 23, 2021
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli hasn’t been able to be at his best in recent times. In fact, the captaincy controversy in Indian cricket is another factor that makes him a player to watch out for in the series.
Earlier this month, BCCU sacked Virat Kohli as ODI captain giving the charge to Rohit Sharma, who also took over as T20I captain post the T20 World Cup last month.
As if this announcement wasn’t sensational enough, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated he requested Kohli to not resign as the T20I captain. Virat Kohli completely contradicted the statement. However, Rohit got the charge in ODIs as well as the selectors wanted a common captain in white-ball cricket.
The fire ignited even further when Kohli refuted the claims, saying no such request was made. He had said, “When I communicated with the BCCI first about quitting T20I captaincy, I told them that this is my point of view, these are the reasons for my decision, it was received quite well. No one took offense, no one had any hesitation. No one told me that I should not leave the T20I captaincy.”