According to ESPNcricinfo, Kohli, who missed the first two Tests against England, will also be unavailable for the upcoming third and fourth Test matches in Rajkot and Ranchi.
Hussain praised Kohli for his illustrious career spanning over 15 years and considered him one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history. He said, “Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen the game has ever seen and any series and any team will miss a player of Kohli's stature.” KohliIn the decision to prioritize family time, Hussain stressed the need for the game to accommodate the needs of players, especially those with extensive international commitments.
Acknowledging the absence of Kohli's strong presence in the batting lineup, Hussain said India have talented young batsmen who can step up in his absence.
“Kohli and his family and his personal life have to come first, so it's a blow for India, but as we have seen, they have very good young batsmen. KL RahulAfter being injured in the last game, he has performed brilliantly for India in the last few months across all formats. I think he will come back, so he will add to their batting,” Hussain commented while emphasizing on Rahul's potential impact on the team.
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Considering Kohli's absence and possible replacements, Hussain suggested India might consider handing him his Test debut. Sarfaraz KhanWho has shown excellent form in domestic cricket.
As India prepare for the third Test of the five-match series against England in Rajkot on February 15, Hussain's insight underlines the challenges and opportunities the team faces as it deals with Kohli's absence and reshapes its batting lineup. Has to be done in shaping.
(With inputs from ANI)