“Life Does Not Stop Because…”: Ex India Star’s Blunt Take On Virat Kohli’s Absence From Tests

Feb 11, 2024

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra does not think the absence of star batsman Virat Kohli will cost India the ongoing home series against England, pointing out that India have won four of the four ODIs in 2020-21 without their superstar batsman. Recorded a prestigious series win in Australia without playing three Tests. , The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the remaining three Test matches of the five-match series against England, with star batsman Virat Kohli missing the remaining matches due to personal reasons. Virat had not been able to play the first two Tests before this. Now, his absence has been extended to three more games. His last appearance came in the T20I series against Afghanistan in early January.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akash said that India will not lose the series against England in Virat's absence, although his absence is being felt greatly, as shown by the performance of the batting unit.

“I won't go that far (losing the series without Virat). Honestly, life doesn't stop with someone coming or going. Life should go on, the show should go on. We are missing Kohli a lot.” I will be very honest,” Akash said.

“You are definitely missing him but his absence does not mean that if he is not there you will lose the series because in his absence you beat Australia in Australia. In fact India lost that match. “That was the Adelaide Test match, but after that we also broke the pride of Gabba,” he further said.

Akash also said that considering England's 'ordinary' bowling attack and the pitches during both the Test matches, Virat could have scored a big century at least once and he would not even have given young spinner Rehan Ahmed a chance to take his wicket. Will give.

“Looking at the standards of bowling and the kind of pitch we had in Vizag and when we came out to bat first in Hyderabad, Kohli would have scored at least one 150 in two matches because he doesn't stop against this normal bowling , in which Rehan Ahmed gets bored,” Chopra said.

“He said he would love to hit four fours. Kohli would have hit you four fours and not even given you your wicket. Be it Shoaib Bashir, Jack Leach or Tom Hartley, when Virat Kohli sees such a bowling attack, He says he will score not 50-70 but 150-200. That's why he is different from others.”

“Virat Kohli will not be available for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr Kohli's decision,” a board statement said.

Sarfaraz Khan and Rajat Patidar are also part of the series. BCCI said that the participation of batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja depends on their fitness.

“The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team,” the BCCI statement said.

Mohammed Shami, who missed the first two Tests due to injury, is still sitting out. Fast bowler Akash Deep has also been included in the team.

The third Test will start on February 15 in Rajkot while the fourth Test will start on February 23 in Ranchi. The fifth and final Test of the series will be played in Dharamshala from March 7. The series is currently level at 1-1. After losing the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, India won the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs.

Shaft: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar. Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

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