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India Test captain Virat Kohli is set to sit out of their upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa. The series will be played from January 19 to 23 and will be preceded by a three-match Test series in which Kohli is currently scheduled to lead the Indian team.

The development comes closely on the heels of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying that India’s newly appointed limited overs captain and Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma will miss the Test series due to a hamstring injury. The Tests will be played from December 26 and the third Test is scheduled to start on January 11.

While the BCCI is yet to make an official statement about Kohli’s participation in the ODI series, sources have said that the 32-year-old will be sitting out due to “personal reasons”. Kohli has not played an ODI since March 28 this year.

Kohli had stepped down as T20I captain after the T20 World Cup but stated his intention to continue as ODI skipper. However, the BCCI announced on December 8 that Rohit had been appointed captain of the Indian ODI and T20I setups and replaced Ajinkya Rahane as India’s limited overs captain.

Sitting out of the ODI series would mean that Rohit and Kohli would not have played together since the end of India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup on November 8. Rohit captained India in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand that came immediately after the final of the T20 World Cup in a series that Kohli sat out.

Rohit then sat out the two-match Test series against New Zealand that followed the T20I series. Ajinkya Rahane was India’s captain for the first Test in Kanpur as Kohli did not play in it while the latter returned to lead India in the second Test in Mumbai.

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