The national selection committee decided to give Virat Kohli a rest after considering his 'workload in the last few months.'
India skipper Virat Kohli will sit out of the last two ODIs of the ongoing series against New Zealand and the T20I series too as the selectors have decided to give him rest.
The decision was taken by the selection committee after considering "his workload in the last few months."
No replacement will be called up to the squad while Rohit Sharma will captain the side in Kohli's absence.
"India Captain Virat Kohli will be rested for the fourth and fifth ODI against New Zealand and the subsequent T20I series. Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and Senior selection committee is of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia," a BCCI media release read.
"There will be no replacement for Mr. Kohli in the squad for the New Zealand series. Rohit Sharma will captain the side in the final two ODIs and T20I series."
The last time Kohli took a break from international cricket was in November last year during the T20I series against Windies at home.
Meanwhile, India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand with an eight-wicket win in the first match on Wednesday at Napier.
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