The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that Virat Kohli, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, will not be participating in the remaining three Tests of the ongoing series due to personal reasons. This decision comes after Kohli’s absence from the first two Tests, and the BCCI has stated that they fully support and respect his choice.
With an impressive record of 113 Tests and ranking fourth among India’s leading run-scorers with 8,848 runs, Kohli’s absence is certainly significant for the team. His leadership and batting prowess have been instrumental in many Test matches for India.
Currently, the series between India and their opponents is tied at 1-1, with three matches left to play. The third Test is set to take place in Rajkot on February 15th. While Kohli’s absence will be felt, the BCCI has emphasized their backing for his decision and the importance of respecting his privacy.
Aside from Kohli, batter Shreyas Iyer, who played in the first two Tests, has also been left out of the squad for the remaining matches. However, spinner Ravindra Jadeja and batter KL Rahul have been included, pending clearance from the BCCI medical team.
The India squad for the upcoming Tests comprises key players like Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Mohammed Siraj. Despite Kohli’s absence, the team remains determined to deliver strong performances and secure victory in the remaining matches of the series.