After much delay, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the schedule for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia and New Zealand.
However, the dates and schedule for the highly anticipated tour of South Africa remain undecided.
Earlier in August the BCCI had announced plans for a homes series against Australia and New Zealand but there had been a surprise addition of a match against Sri Lanka which had previously been unscheduled.
Owing to tensions between the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA), the future of the originally scheduled Boxing Day Test (December 26) does not look positive as India’s home season is scheduled to carry on till December 24.
With the visit of the Aussies just a fortnight away, time is running out for the BCCI to release the dates for the series.
India and Australia will be playing five ODIs followed by three T20Is starting from September 17 with the final game being played on October 13.
The Aussies will be a playing a warm-up game against the Board President XI on the September 12 prior to the start of the limited-overs series.
Following the Australia series, India will welcome the Kiwis for three ODIs and as many T20Is from October 22 to November 7.
Kane Williamson’s men will be playing two warm-up games on October 17 and 19 prior to the first ODI at Mumbai.
The dates for the visit of Sri Lanka still remain unannounced which in turn is likely to lead to further delay in the finalization of the South Africa tour.
India have originally been scheduled to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20Is in South Africa but the final itinerary is yet to be announced and there could yet be some reduction of the planned matches.
Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blazing half-century as India completed their rout of Sri Lanka on this tour, winning the one-off Twenty20 by seven wickets in Colombo on Wednesday.
The visitors remained unbeaten in their nine matches against Sri Lanka as they won the Test and one-day series 3-0 and 5-0 respectively.
Chasing 171 for victory, India rode on a 119-run second-wicket stand between Kohli (82) and Manish Pandey (51 not out) to achieve their target with four balls to spare.
Kohli remained calm in a tricky chase with Pandey for company after India lost their openers for 42 runs in the sixth over.
Rohit Sharma fell to veteran paceman Lasith Malinga for nine and Lokesh Rahul was done in by a superb catch by Dasun Shanaka at short cover off Seekkuge Prasanna.
But Kohli took the attack to the opposition with 7 fours and a six during his 54-ball knock before falling to Isuru Udana with India requiring 10 runs to win.
Pandey finished off the game with a boundary that brought his maiden T20 fifty in 36 balls.
Earlier leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played his part by claiming three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 170-7 after being put into bat first.
Dilshan Munaweera hit a 29-ball 53 before Ashan Priyanjan scored a run-a-ball 40 not out to lift the Sri Lankan total after a middle-order collapse.
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2017
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Virat Kohli’s 30th ODI century helped India sweep the five-match series against Sri Lanka 5-0 at Colombo on Sunday.
The whitewash of the hosts was India’s fifth consecutive bilateral series win in the 50-over format while also achieving a runner-up finish in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year.
The hallmark of these wins has been Kohli leading by example with the bat as he continues to notch up mind-boggling numbers in limited-overs cricket.
Since the turn of 2016, the 28-year-old has racked up 1756 runs in 28 innings at an average of 92.42.
During the course of this period, the Indian skipper has notched up seven tons and 10 half-centuries as he now lies level with Australia’s Ricky Ponting and behind only Sachin Tendulkar in the list for the most 50-over centuries.
The Indian batting mainstay has also completed 1000 runs since the start of 2017 at the R Premadasa stadium as he guided India home in a convincing six-wicket victory.
The burden of captaincy is one Kohli has carried with aplomb and he has flourished in the role rather than wither under the massive expectations of over one billion people back home.
The Delhi-born batsman was handed the reins of the ODI captaincy from MS Dhoni before the start of the limited-overs series against the visiting England in January this year.
Since then, the Men in Blue have played 18 matches, winning 14 and losing just three. This period has seen India beat England 2-1, West Indies 3-1, Sri Lanka 5-0 and a runner-up finish in the ICC Champions Trophy.
We take a look at the Kohli’s performances with the bat in this golden period.
Series Result: 2-1
Innings – 3
Runs – 185
Centuries – 1
Average – 61.67
Unbelievable. Is there anyone in team sport in the world that is dominating their profession as much as @imVkohli right now? A modern legend
— Stevie J (@StevieJ_23) January 15, 2017
Series Result: 3-1
Runs – 244
Innings – 5
Centuries – 2
Average – 81.33
Runs – 258
Innings – 5
Average – 129
Series Result: 5-0
Runs – 330
Innings – 5
Centuries – 2
Average – 110
Innings – 18
Runs – 1017
Centuries – 4
Average – 92.45