The Indian cricket team faced a setback in the opening Test against England, missing the prowess of Virat Kohli, who had taken leave from the first two Tests for undisclosed personal reasons.
As the second Test now approaches and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looks forward to announcing the squad for the remaining three games, the uncertainty surrounding Kohli’s return raises questions about India’s strategy.
Will Virat Kohli opt out of the complete series?
While fans eagerly await Kohli’s comeback, recent reports from Times of India suggest that the cricketing maestro has yet to communicate his availability to the BCCI.
Although the absence of communication might lead to Kohli being excluded from the squad for the remaining three Tests, it’s important to note that no official confirmation has been provided yet.
What if Kohli misses the remainder of the series?
With Kohli’s uncertain status, the inclusion of Rajat Patidar in the squad becomes pivotal. Having joined the team after Kohli’s unexpected departure for the first two games, Patidar has an opportunity to solidify his spot in the lineup. If Kohli remains unavailable, Patidar’s chances of retaining his position in the remaining three Tests seem high.
Possible reason behind Kohli’s unavailability
The void left by Kohli’s absence isn’t confined to the cricket field alone. His non-participation in the BCCI Awards 2024 has fueled speculation about the underlying reason for his leave. Unconfirmed reports earlier suggested concerns about Kohli’s mother’s health, potentially being the catalyst for his temporary withdrawal from the cricketing scene. However, all such conjectures were dispelled by Kohli’s brother, Vikas Kohli, who clarified the situation through social media.
India determined for redemption in Visakhapatnam
Trailing in the series after the opening Test defeat, the Indian team faces a crucial challenge in the upcoming second fixture in Visakhapatnam. Despite the absence of key players like KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, the team would be determined to regroup, make strategic decisions.