The Indian cricket team is currently grappling with challenges ahead of their series against England. Following a defeat in the initial match, concerns have arisen about the availability of key players, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, who are sidelined due to injuries. Additionally, the participation of Mohammed Shami, who missed the first two Tests due to injury, remains uncertain.
A recent report has heightened the uncertainty, suggesting that while Mohammed Shami will be absent from the England Tests, it also raises doubts about Ravindra Jadeja’s availability for the subsequent third and fourth Tests.
Amid these developments, attention has also been drawn to Virat Kohli, a prominent member of the Indian cricket team. Kohli has opted to withdraw from the first two Tests, citing personal reasons.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released a statement on January 22 confirming Kohli’s request and emphasized that, while representing the country is a top priority for him, certain personal situations require his focused attention.
The BCCI, team management, and selectors have expressed support for Kohli’s decision, expressing confidence in the remaining squad members to step up and deliver commendable performances in the Test series. The cricket board has urged the media and fans to respect Kohli’s privacy during this period and refrain from speculating about the nature of his reasons.
A report from Cricbuzz has added to the intrigue, revealing that Kohli is currently out of the country, casting uncertainty on his availability for the remaining three Tests against England.
As the third India vs England Test is scheduled to commence on February 15, the cricketing community remains eager for updates on the team’s composition and Kohli’s potential return.