“Must Respect His Privacy”: Ex-India Star’s Take On Virat Kohli’s Absence From India vs England Tests

Feb 12, 2024

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra opened up on Virat Kohli not playing in the ongoing Test series against England and said that everyone should “respect his privacy.” Speaking to Geo Cinema, Chopra said that no one explained why the former Indian captain would not play the entire Test series against England. Chopra said, “He has requested that his name not be considered for the entire series, no one has told us the reason for which he has asked for this leave and we should respect his privacy.”

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.

“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.

On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that India wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul will miss the upcoming third Test against England in Rajkot due to knee pain. Left-handed batsman Devdutt Padikkal will replace Rahul in the team.

After the end of the first two matches, the five-match series is tied 1-1, with England winning in Hyderabad and India winning in Visakhapatnam. The next three matches of the series will be played in Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamshala respectively.

India's updated squad for the third Test: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja. *, Akshar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Devdutt Padikkal.

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