Kohli’s return for remaining Test series uncertain; selectors to discuss with him
The return of Virat Kohli to the Indian team for the remaining Test series against England remains uncertain. The authorities are contemplating a discussion with the former captain to ascertain his plans. Kohli had previously taken a break from participating in the first two Tests against England, citing personal reasons. A BCCI source stated, “Family comes first as BCCI’s press release stated and Virat will only play if he feels that he is in a position to play.”
The personal reason behind Kohli’s decision to opt out of the Tests is the imminent arrival of his second child. AB de Villiers, Kohli’s close friend and former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, expressed his belief that Kohli has made a commendable choice by taking a well-deserved break.
Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer will need to elevate their performance in the ongoing Test against England. KL Rahul might recover in time for the third Test, adding pressure on Iyer and Gill. Meanwhile, experienced pacer Mohammed Shami and versatile all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were unable to participate in the Test series against England.
The squad for the remaining three Tests against England will be announced next week, following the conclusion of the second Test.