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Rahul Dravid downplays Virat Kohli's 'rest' rumours

There were rumours that the Indian skipper may be rested for the whole of Sri Lankan series in order to remain fresh for the tour of South Africa which starts on December 30.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 24, 2017 18:23 IST ]
Image Source : AP Virat Kohli speaks during a press conference

Former India captain and current U-19 cricket team coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday downplayed speculations over Virat Kohli being denied rest during the Test series against Sri Lanka next month. Kohli had recently spoken about players' burnout due to constant cricket and there were rumours that he may be rested for the whole of Sri Lankan series in order to keep him fresh for the tour of South Africa which starts on December 30.

The first India vs Sri Lanka Test starts from November 16 while Nagpur and Delhi will host the second and third Tests respectively before the sides play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the same number of T20 Internationals (T20Is).

"Rotations are needed. There are a lot of matches being played, so you need to rotate the players. I think the management is taking right decision (in terms of rotating the players)," Dravid said on the sidelines of FICCI's felicitation programmes for women cricketers Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.

"Everyone needs rest. He (Kohli) will get rest when he wants. When and which series (Kohli will take) rest will be decided by the team management, physios and physical trainers (after discussing with the player). Probably currently he doesn't need rest. He may be rested later. I don't know why there is so much of discussion and controversy," he added.

Dravid also gave the thumbs-up to ICC's decision to roll out a league each for One-Day Internationals and Tests.

"The leagues will generate more interest and context to the bilateral series," he said.

(With IANS Inputs)

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