Virat Kohli Out of Rajkot & Ranchi Tests Against England


Cricket fans hoping for a fiery Virat Kohli vs. James Anderson clash in the ongoing IndiaEngland Test series may have to wait longer. According to ESPNcricinfo, Kohli is confirmed to miss the third and fourth Tests in Rajkot and Ranchi, respectively, and his availability for the fifth Test in Dharamsala remains in question.

Kohli’s Absence: Personal Reasons and Radio Silence

Kohli’s withdrawal from the series came just three days before the first Test, citing “personal reasons”. The BCCI hasn’t provided any further updates since then, leaving fans and media speculating. While Kohli’s return would undoubtedly bolster the Indian batting, his continued absence throws a wrench into team selection plans.

With the selectors set to meet this week to pick the squad for the final three Tests, Kohli’s presence or absence will be a major factor. The return of Mohammed Siraj is confirmed, offering a boost to the bowling attack.

Hope for Rahul and Jadeja’s Return

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the second Test due to injuries, are undergoing rehab at the NCA in Bangalore. While the final report is awaited, the initial outlook is positive, raising hopes they might be available for the Rajkot Test, especially considering its one-week gap. Both players were India’s standout batsmen in the first Test, and their return would significantly strengthen the middle order.

Kohli’s potential participation in the final Test at Dharamsala remains shrouded in uncertainty. The selectors will have to make a crucial call based on his availability and the team’s overall balance.

India on Level Terms After Comeback Win

Despite losing the first Test, India bounced back with a convincing victory in Vizag, leveling the series 1-1. The upcoming two Tests will be crucial, with both teams aiming to take the lead before the Dharamsala finale.

Kohli’s absence throws a curveball at an already intriguing series. Will he return in time to face Anderson? Can India maintain their momentum without him? The answers will unfold in the coming days, keeping cricket fans glued to their screens.

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