Virat Kohli may miss Duleep Trophy final due to upcoming gruelling home season

PTI, Sep, 04 2016

New Delhi: Keeping in mind the gruelling home season ahead, India's Test captain Virat Kohli has reportedly asked for rest and may miss the pink ball Duleep Trophy final, scheduled to be held under lights from September 10-14.

Kohli is just coming off a long four-match Test series in the West Indies, which was followed by two T20 Internationals in the US, and the Cricket Board believes that the batting mainstay should be given rest to prepare himself for the upcoming assignment against New Zealand.

File photo of Virat Kohli. AP

File photo of Virat Kohli. AP

Initially, the plan was to make Kohli and other senior players play the final, and get their reactions on the pink ball initiative.

Besides Kohli, seam bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma could also be rested for the game, according to reports.

Still, the match could see some of the biggest stars such as Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra turning up for the game at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Stadium.

The tournament acquired importance since it is being played with a pink ball and inputs from leading cricketers would help BCCI to decide if day-night Test cricket in India is the way forward.

Over the years, Duleep Trophy has served as an excellent testing ground for fresh talent before fading into obscurity.

BCCI replaced the zonal set-up for Duleep Trophy this year with a Challenger-style three-team format.

Published Date: Sep 04, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 04, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119