Kohli was seen requesting photographers before his wife Anushka Sharma and their daughter exited the team bus in a video that has gone viral on social media. “Baby ka photo mat lena,” Kohli was heard saying in the video.
During the team’s departure from Mumbai to South Africa, India Test captain Virat Kohli asked photographers not to photograph his daughter Vamika. Kohli was seen requesting photographers at the Mumbai departure terminal in a video that has gone viral on social media, before his wife Anushka Sharma and their daughter exited the team bus. “Baby ka photo mat lena,” Kohli was heard saying in the video. Kohli and Anushka were welcomed into the world with a baby girl in January of this year.
In South Africa, India will play three Tests and three One-Day Internationals. The tour kicks off on December 26 in Johannesburg with the Boxing Day Test. India has yet to win a Test series in South Africa, and Kohli will be eager to change that.
The talismanic right-hander will also try to reclaim his spot in the lineup. He hasn’t scored a century in more than two years across all formats, and in the last 24 months, he’s averaged 26.04 in Test cricket, well below his career average of 56.41.
Following the T20 World Cup, a lot of things have changed in Indian cricket. Rohit Sharma was named full-time ODI and T20I captain by the BCCI earlier this month, while Virat Kohli was named Test captain. In addition, the former was named India’s Test vice-captain, replacing Ajinkya Rahane, who has struggled for runs in recent months.
Rohit Sharma will miss the three Tests against South Africa. With a hamstring injury, the opener has been ruled out and is currently undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. India In the Test squad, Priyank Panchal was named as Rohit’s replacement.
Aside from Rohit, India will be without Ravindra Jadeja, who has been ruled out due to injury.
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KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, on the other hand, made a Test comeback. They’d all missed India’s 1-0 victory over New Zealand in a two-match home series.
The South Africa series will also be the first overseas tour for India’s new head coach Rahul Dravid, who took over from Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup.