Virat Kohli, Sanjay Bangar
Virat Kohli, Sanjay Bangar. Image-PTI

Virat Kohli has started his preparation for the second Test match against New Zealand, which will start next Friday, December 3, in Mumbai. The India captain has been given a rest from the first Test, which has started on Thursday in Kanpur, where Ajinkya Rahane is leading the side.

After more than four months on the road, Virat Kohli was given a rest from the T20I series against New Zealand, with Rohit Sharma taking over as the new T20I skipper. Sharma has been rested from both the Tests, so have been Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant.

Virat Kohli was seen fine-tuning his batting with former batting coach Sanjay Bangar in a net session in Mumbai.

Virat Kohli, Sanjay Bangar
Virat Kohli Trains With Former India Batting Coach Sanjay Bangar In Mumbai. Image-Twitter

Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell set to be retained by RCB

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have decided to retain Virat Kohli, who has stepped down as the captain, and star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell ahead of the mega-auction.

The last date for the eight franchises to finalize and announce their retentions is November 30th.

RCB, who were knocked out by KKR in Eliminator in IPL 2021, are reported to have confirmed retaining Virat Kohli and Maxwell. AB de Villiers recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell
Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

The two other picks are likely to be either one of the leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal or Adam Zampa, and young opener Devdutt Padikkal.

It has also been reported that Shreyas Iyer is set to part ways with the Delhi Capitals, who are firm on continuing with Rishabh Pant as the skipper. For DC, the four retentions are reported to be Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje.

MS Dhoni himself had confirmed that he will be playing next season in Chennai. However, the Super Kings are reported to have confirmed that they will keep Ravindra Jadeja, and Ruturaj Gaikwad. For the one overseas spot, there are talks going on between Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, and Sam Curran.

Another big drop-off is likely to be premier all-rounder Hardik Pandya, as the Mumbai Indians have decided to retain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishan Kishan, along with Kieron Pollard.

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