Virat Kohli has had a successful tour of West Indies where Team India completed a whitewash against the Caribbeans in their own backyard. India won the T20I series 3-0, ODIs 2-0 and Tests 2-0 respectively. The Virat Kohli-led side retained their top spot in the Test rankings with comprehensive wins in both Antigua as well as Jamaica by huge margins of 318 and 257 runs respectively to reach the summit of the ICC World Test Championship with 120 points. Now, the focus shifts to the home series as India will be hosting South Africa for a three-match T20I series which will be followed by a three-match Test series which will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship campaign. Just like the Test series, skipper Virat Kohli believes that even the T20I series will be crucial as India start their preparations for next year's ICC World T20 in Australia.
While addressing the media ahead of the first T20I against South Africa at Dharamshala on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke about trying out new players with 30 matches left before ICC World T20 2020.
"We have 30 matches left before the World T20 and this is the best opportunity for us to try and check what our best combination is in the next 2-3 series. We will also understand how much ability, character and composure the new players posses while performing at the international level."
"From that point of view, it becomes very exciting for a captain and the team management to fit different players in combination and see how they perform because we all have been through that process. So, it feels good when new players come and express themselves."
Regarding MS Dhoni's retirement speculation, Team India's chief selector MSK Prasad had earlier clarified that the BCCI was unaware of any such plans and that he was surprised that the news was doing rounds. Even as MS Dhoni faced a lot of flak and was accused of 'lack of intent' during the World Cup, MSK Prasad threw his weight behind Dhoni and assured the world that the former skipper knew what he was doing. The cricketer-turned-selector still believes that MS Dhoni is a force to reckon with in the shorter formats for India with his outstanding abilities behind the stumps and his finishing abilities with the bat. Prasad also had earlier said that the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper was a big strength to the team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 who apart from being a batsman and a keeper also shared his vast experience with the team and captain Virat Kohli while taking on-field decisions.