India Head Coach Rahul Dravid has given a major update on the careers of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli at T20 Internationals. As things have turned out in recent times, there have been speculations that Rohit and Kohli’s T20Is careers could be all but over.
After India’s failure to win the T20 World Cup in Australia last year, the selectors have chosen a new look and young teams for the shortest form of the game. Neither Rohit nor Kohli have played a single T20I since the World Cup.
Earlier this month, Hardik Pandya was named captain for the T20I series against Sri Lanka as neither Rohit nor Kohli were included in the squad. At that point, it looked like the selectors had given the duo a rest.
However, a number of eyebrows were raised when the squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand was announced. While the cricket association expected both Rohit and Kohli to make a comeback in the T20I squad, the selectors decided otherwise.
Rahul Dravid on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma:
They did not name any of the senior players on the team for the upcoming series against the Black Caps. Pandya was again named the captain of the series. Since then, the duo’s T20I career has been muttered with many suggesting it could be the end of the road for them.
With none of the batting stars getting any younger, the selectors’ recent decisions led many to believe that Rohit and Kohli will no longer play against T20Is. However, Rahul Dravid has refuted the rumors and confirmed that the batting superstars have been given a rest.
Speaking ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand, Dravid was asked about the duo’s absence from the T20I side. In reply he said: “We have to prioritize certain white-ball tournaments because of the amount of cricket we play. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the World Test Championship are very important to us. There are certain white-ball tournaments that we need to prioritize.”
“The priority after the T20 World Cup has been these six games (ODIs) and Virat has played all these six games. He will get a break, along with Rohit and a few other guys in the next week, so they come on the 2nd refreshed for a good week-long camp before playing Australia. So we just need to prioritize certain formats,” added Dravid.
India and Australia will meet next month in the crucial four-match test series, which begins on February 9. The result of the series is likely to decide India’s fate in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.