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Selectors ask Virat Kohli to cut short his break, play Zimbabwe series: Reports

Virat Kohli has failed to score a century in his last 79 innings.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli’s struggle with bad form is now world-known. Everyone knows that the once number one batter is going through a bad patch of form. Kohli has failed to register a century in his last 79 innings. His last international ton came way back in November 2019 against Bangladesh.

With suggestions and advice pouring in from both sides, the Indian batter had decided to take a month-long break from cricket. The Delhi-born has moved to Paris with celebrity wife Anushka Sharma and their child on a sabbatical.

Kohli hopes it would reignite his love for the game and he would be back to his former best. The 33-year-old was expected to join the Indian team in UAE after their West Indies tour as the Asia Cup is most likely to be held in UAE.

A new report, however, suggests that Virat Kohli’s break could be cut short as the Indian Cricket Board wants him to play against Zimbabwe before the Asia Cup and the all-important T20I World Cup. The report says that selectors want the out-of-form batter to play against the Zimbabwe team and regain his form. India is going to play a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan. The first match of which will be held on August 18th.

Talking to InsideSport, a selector from the Indian Cricket Board said, “Hopefully, the break allows him to rejuvenate mentally and get his form back. But without any competitive cricket, it will be difficult and that is why we want him to play against Zimbabwe. It’s his preferred format and will help him regain his form before the Asia Cup. We will take a final decision close to the selection.”

India are going to play West Indies in a three-match ODI series and a five-match T20I series with the first ODI starting on 22 July. Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue , while Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have bee rested.

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