The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made an important announcement regarding the squad composition for the remainder of the Test series against England. Virat Kohli will not be part of the lineup for the remaining three matches. Kohli's absence, starting from his initial withdrawal from the first two matches due to personal reasons, deviates from his typical dedication and passion for the game. His continued absence highlights the seriousness of the situation, leading to an outpouring of support and understanding from fans and cricket authorities.
“Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr. Kohli’s decision,” said the BCCI in a statement on Saturday.
The BCCI has officially announced that Virat Kohli will not be part of the squad for the remaining series matches against England due to personal reasons. This unfortunate absence has prevented Kohli from reaching the significant milestone of completing 2000 Test runs against England, which would have solidified his reputation as one of the top batters in the modern game.
Amidst Kohli's absence, including Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul in the squad offers a glimmer of hope for the Indian team. Both players possess exceptional talent and experience, capable of making significant contributions on the field.
Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul are rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Despite their ongoing recovery, both players have been named in the squad for the remaining matches against England. However, their inclusion in the Playing XI is subject to clearance from the medical team overseeing their rehabilitation. It is anticipated that Jadeja will regain full fitness for the fourth Test in Ranchi, while there is hope that Rahul will be available for the upcoming Rajkot Test, which is set to commence on Thursday.
On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer's exclusion from the squad comes in the wake of a series of underwhelming performances in the ongoing Test series against England. Despite making modest contributions with scores of 35 and 13 in Hyderabad and 27 and 29 in Visakhapatnam, respectively, Iyer struggled to find his rhythm and assert his presence on the field.
Furthermore, reports indicated that Iyer had complained of stiffness in his groin and lower back following the Visakhapatnam Test, where India emerged victorious by 106 runs.
Squad: 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
Edited by: Kaiyah Ellison
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