Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli‘s absence from the ongoing England series extends, as reports suggest he’ll miss the next two Tests in Rajkot and Ranchi. This raises questions about his availability for the final Test in Dharamsala, impacting the squad selection process.
Kohli‘s sudden withdrawal before the series started, citing personal reasons, left fans and experts puzzled. With the third Test starting on February 15th, Kohli‘s return remains unclear, adding another layer of intrigue to the already thrilling series.
Positive News for Rahul and Jadeja:
There’s brighter news for injured players KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja. Both are recovering well at the NCA and could be available for the Rajkot Test, depending on final fitness assessments. Their return would significantly bolster the middle order, which lacked experience in the second Test. Rahul particularly impressed in the first Test, showcasing his potential to fill the void left by Kohli at No. 4.
Siraj Set to Return, Bumrah Workload Management Important:
Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, rested for the second Test due to workload concerns, is confirmed to return for Rajkot. His comeback strengthens the bowling attack, already boosted by Jasprit Bumrah‘s phenomenal performance in the second Test. Bumrah, now the world’s No. 1 Test bowler, needs careful workload management, but he’s expected to play in Rajkot.
India Facing Critical Juncture:
With the series tied 1-1, India faces a crucial phase. Kohli‘s absence is undoubtedly a blow, but the potential return of key players like Rahul and Jadeja offers hope. The team management has tough decisions to make regarding squad selection and workload management, especially for Bumrah. The next two Tests will be pivotal in determining the series’ outcome, and all eyes will be on India‘s response to these challenges.