India’s premium batter, Virat Kohli has informed the Indian Cricket Board and the selection committee about his withdrawal from the three Test matches against England due to personal reasons as per reports. He was also not available for the first two Test matches against England.
The Indian Cricket Board has announced the squad for the remaining Test matches against England on Saturday, February 10. There are few changes in the squad as Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out for the remaining matches due to an injury. While talking about Kohli, is also absent from the squad as anticipated.
In the first Test match in Hyderabad Kohli was a part of the training session, later he informed Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid that he was opting out of the first two Test matches. The Indian Cricket Board also issued a statement about requesting privacy for him. Jay Shah who is the Indian Cricket Board secretary stated that the board, the selector and the team management respect his decision and support him.
Injury concerns worry Indian team selectors
Since making his test debut in 2011 this is the first time, he won’t play a single Test series at home. This is a huge setback for the Indian team as other batters are facing difficulties in scoring runs. Meanwhile, the Indian team is also facing injury problems. Shreyas Iyer is recently added to the injury list. He reported back spasms and a groin injury and won’t be available for the three Test matches against England.
Earlier Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul reported about the injury. After the first Test match, Jadeja pulled his hamstring and Rahul had pain in his right quadriceps. Both were not a part of the second Test match in Vizag. However, Jadeja and Rahul have returned for the third Test match.
Currently, the five-match Test series between India and England is at levelled at 1-1. The third match will be played in Rajkot on 15th February.