The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday that star batter Virat Kohli has opted out of the first two Test matches against the England cricket team due to personal reasons. Kohli’s absence in the series is a big blow for India, as he is considered one of the best batsmen in the world. The Indian national cricket team will need to find a suitable replacement for him soon.
Rajat Patidar called up as replacement for Virat Kohli
Rajat Patidar, a 30-year-old batsman from Madhya Pradesh, has been included in the India squad for the initial two Tests against England. Patidar has a good track record in first-class cricket, with 4000 runs at an average of 45.97 and 12 centuries. He recently scored a century against England Lions, showcasing his ability to score tough runs. Patidar’s inclusion in the squad shows that the team management believes he can fill the void left by Kohli’s absence.
- Virat Kohli has withdrawn from the first two Test matches against England due to personal reasons.
- Rajat Patidar, a 30-year-old batsman from Madhya Pradesh, has been called up as his replacement.
- Kohli’s absence is a significant loss for India, as he is one of the best batsmen in the world.
- Patidar has a strong record in first-class cricket and recently scored a century against England Lions.
- The India squad will need to adapt and find ways to perform without Kohli’s presence.
“Certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention,” the BCCI stated regarding Kohli’s withdrawal from the Test matches.
Rohit Sharma, in a recent statement, hinted that the Test career of veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane might not be revived, suggesting that the team management is considering other options.
Former England cricket team captain Michael Atherton expressed his disappointment at Kohli’s absence, stating that it makes the series easier for England but acknowledging his quality as a player.
Despite Kohli’s absence, the Indian team still holds the advantage in the series against England.