Virat Kohli has not played for India in T20Is since the T20 World Cup 2022, despite the fact that the team has played two T20I bilateral series since the mega event. Kohli scored the most runs in the T20 World Cup 2022, totalling 296 in six matches. In four of those games, he scored half-centuries. His continuous absence from the T20I squad has cast doubt on his future in the format. The subject was addressed again during India’s pre-match news conference ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand. Rahul Dravid, India’s head coach, was present at the press conference.
Watch Rahul Dravid’s reply here:
Till last year, Virat’s position in the T20I team was in question, asked a journalist, when Dravid interrupted him midway and said, “Not by us sir. No Not at all, never by us!’
On being questioned, why Kohli wasn’t playing in the T20Is, despite being picked in ICC’s T20I squad of the year (2022), Dravid said that there were certain priority the team needed to give to different white-ball events at particular times. The amount of cricket India plays, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the World Test Championship, prospective qualification, key games for team India in terms of qualification. Certain white-ball competitions have to be prioritised; the focus after the T20 World Cup was these six games, Dravid said.
The senior coach of Indian cricket team also said that as you can see, Virat has participated in all six games. He’ll get a rest in the following week, along with Rohit and one or two other guys, while the team plays some T20I cricket. And they return reinvigorated on the second, and we have a good week of training before we play Australia. So it’s all about priorities. Certain formats must be prioritised.
On Tuesday, India will play the final ODI of a three-match series against New Zealand. The team coached by Rohit Sharma has already taken an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.