Reunited with the Indian cricket team in South Africa, Virat Kohli is expected to be fit for the first Test match, which takes place in Centurion on December 26. As per a source by News18, Kohli was in London throughout his break. The team management was informed beforehand about his plans. According to a senior BCCI official cited in the newspaper. Kohli skipped the intra-squad practice matches because he was traveling to London before the opening Test match against South Africa.
In the game, Virat Kohli was not going to play. His strategy and timetable were known to the team management, and it wasn’t anything that came suddenly or as a result of a family situation. Look at this player—Virat Kohli, to be exact. News18 cited a top BCCI official as saying, “He is very well-planned when it comes to these things and his London trip was communicated and planned well in advance.”
The insider also said that Kohli trained with the squad on many occasions before his departure for London on December 19 and that he will resume practicing upon rejoining the team in Centurion.
Virat Kohli Returns to South Africa after Sudden Leave
On December 15, Kohli departed India for South Africa. Good three or four training sessions before his December 19 departure for London. “He was in London for the next three days, and now that he’s connected with the Test team. He’ll probably train in Centurion tomorrow,” the official continued.
Shukri Conrad, the head coach of South Africa, is optimistic that even with his top pacers, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi, hitting the nets ahead of the “Boxing Day” Test, India won’t be able to cross the “Final Frontier” in their history as Test players.
Ahead of the Twenty20 Internationals, Rabada was rested from the white ball leg because of a heel ache, and Ngidi withdrew due to an ailment to his left ankle.
The man who is playing his final series, Dean Elgar, was facing Rabada. And Nigidi as they bowled at full force on Saturday afternoon at the Supersport Park center training track.
Despite India’s recent victory over South Africa, the Centurion track is a pacer’s paradise. However, the head coach would prefer if all of his deadly tools were fully operational.
“They (Rabada and Ngidi) will be new and explosive.” Conrad stated, “I always believe in freshness,” before to the team’s training session that day. Although neither player has a match time, the coach isn’t very concerned. “It would have been great if they had gained some experience by participating in First-Class matches, but such is life. You must figure something out. That said, I don’t care that they won’t be fully cooked for the game.” The Coach said.