Kohli might be absent, but India have no reason to worry as their record holds them in good stead.
India rested captain Virat Kohli for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, with white-ball vice-captain, Rohit Sharma leading the team in his absence.
The Bangladesh series might just be the perfect time for Virat Kohli to rest as India enjoy a 100%-win record against the Bangla Tigers in T20s, winning all eight games they have played over the years.
However, India simply have no reason to worry in the absence of Kohli. The team has won 17 of the 23 games played without the batsman and have lost just six since he made his T20I debut in 2010, giving them a win percentage of 73.91.
India with Kohli in T20s
India without Kohli in T20s
In fact, India’s record in T20s since he became captain is even better. Kohli took over the reins of the Indian T20 side in 2017 and has missed 15 matches since.
During this 15-match streak, India have emerged victorious 12 times, and ended up losing only three games. In all those matches, Rohit Sharma led the side, giving him a win percentage of 80 as T20I captain.
Since T20 captaincy debut
India with Kohli
India without Kohli
Apart from Kohli, India are also missing the services of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah as the duo recover from their back injuries. India go into the series with a slightly new-look side, as the likes of Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube look to grab their opportunities.
Moreover, Bangladesh come to India on the back of a massive jolt, with regular skipper, Shakib Al Hasan being banned by the ICC for two years, one with a suspended sentence, for failing to report approaches by a bookie. Experienced all-rounder, Mahmudullah will lead the T20 side in his absence.
With a dismal record against India in T20s and Shakib’s absence, Bangladesh are clearly on the back foot coming into the series. However, India just won’t take their opponents lightly, with the teams having several close encounters in the past.
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