In a surprising turn of events, Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has opted out from participating in the first two Tests of the highly anticipated five-match series against England. The right-handed batter, who has been a formidable force in the Indian cricketing arena, cited personal reasons for his decision.
BCCI confirms Virat Kohli’s withdrawal
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially confirmed Kohli’s withdrawal in a press release issued earlier today.
“Mr. Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be withdrawn from the first two Tests of the upcoming IDFC First Bank Test series against England, citing personal reasons.
“Virat has spoken to Captain Rohit Sharma, the team management and the selectors and has emphasized that while representing the country has always been his top priority, certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention,” the BCCI stated.
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BCCI respects Kohli’s decision
The statement expressed understanding and respect for Kohli’s decision, emphasizing the board’s commitment to supporting the players’ well-being, both on and off the field.
“The BCCI respects his decision and the Board and team management has extended its support to the star batter and is confident in the abilities of the remaining squad members to step up and deliver commendable performances in the Test series,” the statement added.
“The BCCI requests the media and fans to respect Virat Kohli’s privacy during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his personal reasons. The focus should remain on supporting the Indian cricket team as they embark on the upcoming challenges in the Test series.”
The selectors will soon meet in Mumbai to announce Kohli’s replacement.
Meanwhile, Kohli’s absence from the first two Tests against England will undoubtedly be felt by Rohit Sharma & Co., raising questions about the team’s strategy and dynamics in the upcoming matches.