The absence of renowned Indian batsman Virat Kohli has left a big void in India’s batting lineup during the current Test series between India and England. For personal reasons, he first chose to miss the first two Test matches, but he also later withdrew from the remaining three. Stuart Broad, a former England bowler, expressed his displeasure over Kohli’s absence. The Indian squad is under more pressure to continue being the best on home turf as a result of his departure.
“It’s a shame for the series that he will be missing but India have won the last Test. Kohli is such a quality player, his passion, his fire, but obviously, personal matters always take precedence. But it gives a great opportunity to young players also. So someone in the Indian batting line-up will stand up at some stage,” Broad told IANS.
Broad’s assessment highlights the Indian batting lineup’s depth and resiliency. Team India proved that they were capable of winning the most recent Test match in Visakhapatnam, defeating the opposition by 106 runs, even without Kohli.
No Kohli, but Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul included in the Test squad with a condition
“The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team,” BCCI mentioned.
India squad for remaining 3 Tests vs England: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep
The third Test will start on February 15 in Rajkot while the 4th Test kickstarts in Ranchi from February 23. The fifth and final Test of the series will be played in Dharamshala on March 07.
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