At the end of the current T20I series between India and South Africa, the third and final match will be played in Indore, and it is expected that Virat Kohli would be rested for this match. With the Men in Blue holding a commanding 2-0 series lead, the ex-Indian captain was spotted at the Mumbai airport and did not make the trip to the last game of the series.
It has come to light that former Indian skipper Virat Kohli did not make the trip to Indore for the third and final game of the three-match series between India and South Africa. Having won the first two games of the series, India is assured of the series’ triumph.
Photos of Kohli at the Mumbai airport on the night of the third T20I have fueled rumors that he will not be available for the series finale. On Tuesday, the city of Indore will host the Twenty20 International at the illustrious Holkar Stadium (October 4). As this is the last match for India’s T20 World Cup-bound players before they head to Australia, it is a huge deal.
Virat Kohli's latest picture at Mumbai Airport today. pic.twitter.com/ocjZq6Dw1q
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The Rohit Sharma-led squad is scheduled to leave for Australia on October 6 and undergo a training camp in advance of their ICC-sanctioned warm-up games against Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 19 at the Gabba in Brisbane. On October 23, India will face off against Pakistan in the season opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India won the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at Guwahati on Sunday, October 2, with a massive total of 237 thanks in large part to Virat Kohli’s unbeaten performance of 49 off of 29 balls. The match was stolen by KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 57 and 61 runs, respectively, with strike rates of above 200.
Both batsmen had earlier contributed half centuries to India’s 8-wicket victory in the series opener in Thiruvananthapuram. After an extended sabbatical after a bad run of form in the England trip across formats, Kohli returned in the 2022 Asia Cup and promptly appeared in splendid form, scoring 404 runs in 10 innings at an average of 57.71 and a strike rate of 141.75. Three fifty-plus scores and a century are part of this impressive streak.