In case a write up published in DNA is to be believed, vibrant Virat Kohli has already decided that he will lead India in the one-off Test match against Bangladesh scheduled from 10 June, but he may opt out of the three One-Day internationals after that.
According to the report, against all the speculations running around, Kohli has spoken with a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official and informed him of his availability after he was advised by people close to him that he should not skip the Test. It was earlier reported in the social media that he had requested the BCCI to leave him out of the squad citing burnout after a very busy season of cricket.
It is worthwhile to highlight that Virat Kohli had taken over as India’s Test captain following MS Dhoni’s sudden retirement from the Test cricket midway through the series in Australia. Although before Kohli officially took over, he was given a taste of the captaincy when Dhoni pulled out of the Adelaide Test due to injury and Kohli had almost led India to a win.
R Ashwin was stated to be another contender to lead India if Kohli had pulled out, but more on this will be clear when the BCCI announces the side for the Bangladesh tour on 20 May.
It is hoped that the selectors are likely to keep more or less the same team that played the Sydney Test during the Australia tour, but thorough changes are expected in the ODI side as youngsters Shreyas Iyer and Yuzvendra Chahal have displayed their impressive skills and are in contention after their performances in domestic cricket and the IPL.
On a personal note, I feel that owing to Kohli’s recent involvement in various recent controversies, ranging from a confrontation with a journalist during the World Cup, and again with umpire Dharmsena, and latest being leaving the dressing room to meet his girl friend in between a IPL match, this might prove to be a golden chance for him to show case his splendid batting and captaincy skills to reestablish his credibility with some serious cricketing skills.