BCCI reacts as Virat Kohli is set to miss an ENTIRE Test series for the first time in 13 years

Virat Kohli has featured in every Test series India have played since 2011, making it the first series he has missed.

BCCI reacts as Virat Kohli is set to miss an ENTIRE Test series for the first time in 13 years

Virat Kohli has never missed an entire Test series in his entire in his career (Image via ESPN)

On the morning of 10th February, the BCCI announced the squads for the last Three tests in the England tour of India. The team is led by Rohit Sharma, with Jasprit Bumrah being his deputy. 

Virat Kohli has opted out of the series, citing personal reasons. The BCCI has respected and supported his decision. According to AB de Villiers, Kohli is expecting his 2nd child but he backtracked and claimed he gave wrong information. Shreyas Iyer has been dropped, but many reports have stated that he has had a back injury

Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Kohli’s decision.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated

Sarfaraz Khan in line to make his Test debut in the third match. Mohammed Siraj returns after a short break and Akash Deep receives his maiden Test call up. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are in the squad, but their participation is subject to their fitness. 

Indian squad for last three Tests: 

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 

Virat Kohli misses first Test series since Test debut 

Virat Kohli made his Test debut in 2011, during India’s tour of West Indies. Fixing his spot after a fabulous tour of Australia in 2012, he played almost every Test match for India. He missed his first Test in 2018, when India played Afghanistan at home. He was supposed to play County Cricket for Surrey to prepare for their tour of England, but was ruled out due to a neck injury. 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli last scored a century against West Indies (Image via ESPN)

He then missed a majority of the 2020/21 Border Gavaskar trophy due to the birth of his daughter Vamika. He played the first Test in Adelaide and left Australia for home. He once again missed two Tests in the next year, taking a break against New Zealand and sitting out one due to an injury. 

He played all Tests India had in the next two years, but the series against England will be the first one he has missed. Many awaited him to face James Anderson, a well known rival of his.

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