The team’s preparations for the 2018 ODI World Cup got off to a strong start. The group successfully defeated Sri Lanka at home by a score of 3-0, and they are currently working on their second assignment, a limited-overs series against New Zealand. In addition to the World Cup, Team India is vying for the World Test Championship, and the outcome of the next Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which will be contested in February, will determine whether India advances to the final.

Former India coach and player Ravi Shastri brought up the topic during the first ODI between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad, and he made an intriguing remark about Virat Kohli. Shastri nodded in agreement with the notion that Kohli may decide to skip the last ODI and play first-class cricket once again to be ready for the vital Test series against Australia. Shastri’s comments were in response to a query posed by Harsha Bhogle, another pundit.

“I’ve always thought you should play more first-class cricket, particularly if you’re going to play a lot of cricket in India. I just believe that elite cricketers don’t play nearly enough first-class cricket. You may not want to take the chance since there is a lot of cricket around. However, there are instances when you need to be wise and make sacrifices while considering the greater picture. Australia is the larger picture, according to Shastri on the radio.

He also used the batsman Sachin Tendulkar as an example, who had carried out an identical action 25 years before. When Sachin Tendulkar played in the CCI against an Australian side 25 years ago, he scored a double hundred. He scored more than 1000 runs against Australia across all forms two months later in 1998. He scored a fantastic double hundred, and Australia realized they had missed their chance to sign that player early, according to Shastri.

In Nagpur, the Border Gavaskar Trophy begins on February 9. Meanwhile, if Kohli does opt out of the final ODI to get some red-ball practice ahead of the mega-series, Kohli’s domestic team Delhi is scheduled to play a Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad from January 24.