India will be without superstar Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests of their series against England.
The first two Test matches have been evenly shared, with the series poised at 1-1 after thrilling clashes, but the hosts won’t be welcoming Kohli back anytime soon.
talkSPORT.com has taken a look at why the Indian icon is going to be absent…
Why is Kohli out of India vs England?
Kohli withdrew from India’s squad for the first two Test matches due to personal reasons.
The 35-year-old requested a leave of absence.
At the time, the Board of Control for Cricket India [BBCI] did not reveal the details of his circumstances but they stated: “Certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention.”
BBCI secretary Jay Shah then released a statement reading: “Mr Virat Kohli has requested to be withdrawn from the first two Tests of the upcoming IDFC First Bank Test series against England, citing personal reasons.
“Virat has spoken to captain Rohit Sharma, the team management and the selectors and has emphasised that while representing the country has always been his top priority, certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention.
“The BCCI respects his decision and the Board and team management has extended its support to the star batter and is confident in the abilities of the remaining squad members to step up and deliver commendable performances in the Test series.
“The BCCI requests the media and fans to respect Virat Kohli’s privacy during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his personal reasons. The focus should remain on supporting the Indian cricket team as they embark on the upcoming challenges in the Test series.”
Since then, it has been confirmed that Kohli will miss the remaining Tests due to the same undisclosed personal reasons.
In a statement, the BCCI said: “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.”
Kohli has played 113 Tests for India and has scored 8,848 runs.
In his place, Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz Khan are likely to come into the side.
KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been included in the squad for the last three Tests but are still doubtful due to injuries.
India squad for remaining Tests: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.
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