Starting on December 26, India will play three Test matches and as many ODIs against South Africa. Virat Kohli is expected to miss the ODI series against the Proteas, according to reports before the start of the series. However, a BCCI official has now spoken out about the situation. Kohli will lead the team for the three-Test series against South Africa, which begins on January 15 in Cape Town. The batsman, on the other hand, is expected to forego the ODI series to spend time with his family. Kohli, according to a board representative, has not sent any formal request for the same.

“As of now, he is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals on January 19, 21, and 23. The skipper is accompanying his family on their journey. However, if he experiences bubble fatigue after the Test series and wishes to take a vacation, he will undoubtedly contact the chairman of selectors and secretary (Shah), who is the selection committee’s convenor,” the source added.

After their tour of South Africa, the Indian team will be trapped inside a three-week bubble when they host Sri Lanka for Tests and T20 Internationals. When it comes to Kohli, he has been outspoken about bubble fatigue and its negative effects on mental health. During the 2020-21 Australia series last year, he took paternity leave and was also rested for the home T20I series against New Zealand. In the India-South Africa series, the former has yet to win a Test series in the latter’s home country. However, given India’s recent international performances, they will be confident in their ability to turn the tables this time.