India’s star batsman Virat Kohli has expressed his unavailability for the remaining 3 matches of the Test series against England due to personal reasons. BCCI said, ‘Virat Kohli will not be available for selection for the remaining series due to personal reasons. The board respects Kohli’s decision. Earlier, BCCI had issued a statement requesting privacy for Kohli and said that the board, selectors and team management respect the decision of the star Indian batsman and are ready to provide full support.
This is the first time that Kohli will not be able to play all the Test matches of a home series since his Test debut. BCCI also announced the availability of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul subject to fitness clearance from its medical team. Sarfaraz Khan, who was brought in the team in place of Rahul for the Visakhapatnam Test, has been retained.
Rajat Patidar remains a part of the team due to Shreyas Iyer not being included in the 17-member squad, although BCCI did not give any reason for excluding Iyer, but the star batsman complained of having problems in his back and waist after the second test. Are complaining. The only other notable change in the team is the inclusion of Bengal fast bowler Akash Deep in place of Avesh Khan.
The selectors have also dropped spinner Saurabh Kumar, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who is recovering from an ankle injury, has not been included in the team. Jasprit Bumrah has been made the vice-captain for all the remaining matches. Despite poor batting performance, the selectors have kept faith in KS Bharat. The team’s second wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel is waiting for his test debut.
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