Stiff back forces Kohli out, Rohit leads India in T20 decider

Rohit Sharma will lead the side as the stand-in captain for the series deciding T20I.

Virat Kohli is suffering from a stiff back, leading to his omission from the playing XI in the third T20I at Cape Town.   -  AP

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was rested for the third and final T20I against host South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, owing to a stiff back. Rohit Sharma will lead the side as the as the stand-in captain for the series deciding T20I.

“Virat has a stiff back and he needs some rest. It has been a long season for him and unfortunately he misses out but gives someone else a chance to step up. A few changes - Dinesh in place of Virat, Axar Patel in place of Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah comes in place of Jaydev Unadkat.

"Looks like there is a fair bit of grass, dry though, there'll be a bit of carry and that's the reason we are playing with four seamers. But as JP (Duminy) said it isn't going to change a lot and should be a good forty overs. Good to have the last game as a decider for the spectators,” said Rohit during the toss.

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper J.P. Duminy won the toss and elected to bowl first, as the side has a couple of changes in the form of Christiaan Jonker and Aaron Phangiso, who come in for JJ Smuts and Dane Patterson.