IND vs ENG: Star batsman Virat Kohli of the Indian cricket team had earlier withdrawn from the first two Ind vs Eng test matches, citing “personal reasons.” Fans began to worry about his possible comeback for the final three games after this decision. As per a recent report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still unsure about Kohli’s next return.
The absence of India’s two best players, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, from the second Test in Visakhapatnam has left the Indian team with a tough selection dilemma. Their ‘Bazball’ tactics and spin show proved too much for them as they lost the opening of five matches in Hyderabad by 28 runs against a brave England team.
The Indian cricket team is facing a difficult issue in trying to reorganize India vs England playing XI while they await reports on Virat Kohli’s condition. Although there is still uncertainty around the injured players’ participation. The BCCI says that the medical team is actively monitoring the players’ progress.
England beat India by 28 runs amid Kohli’s absence
The last time Virat Kohli played for team India was against South Africa in the red-ball format. With 172 runs in 4 innings, Kohli was India’s top run scorer after the three-match series. The batter, who was born in Delhi, would be a huge loss for India as they host England.
In the first Ind vs Eng Test match in Hyderabad, England pulled off a brave comeback to beat India. The Indian cricket side, who had appeared to be playing rather well throughout the first two days, made mistake after mistake and in the end allowed England, captained by Ben Stokes, to win the game.
It was difficult for captain Rohit Sharma to pick the exact cause of the team’s loss. But he said that perhaps they were “not brave enough.”
Pointing at the exact point of failure is difficult. With a 190-point lead, we knew we were still very much in the match. During the post-match show, Rohit Sharma stated, “(It was) exceptional batting (by Ollie Pope), one of the best that I have seen in Indian conditions by an overseas batter.”
India looked to have forfeited its huge tactical edge. As England batters, using the “bazball” strategy, took control of the match from the third day onward. In the second innings, England’s pivotal player was left-arm spinner Tom Hartley. He destroyed the Indian batting lineup on their home ground.
Ollie Pope’s brilliant 196-run innings was enough to reduce the gap in India’s huge lead. But the Indian bowlers did not disappoint, either.
“The bowlers did a great job carrying out the plans. But you have to give Pope some credit.” That was a great knock, Rohit said.
Virat Kohli might miss the entire five-match Ind vs Eng test series
As of now, Jadeja and Rahul might return for the third Test, but Kohli is in doubt. The Indian batter has still not given the Indian camp his return date, as per TOI, which cited unnamed BCCI officials.
When the BCCI announces the India team for the final three Ind vs Eng Test matches. More information is needed. So Kohli’s inclusion—or exclusion—is sure to be a big talking topic.
Virat Kohli has missed parts of the last series. This comes after the end of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, for unknown but private reasons. The Indian batsman did not play in the T20I series against Australia. He did not take part in the South Africa tour’s white-ball leg.
He missed the first game for personal reasons. But he was back with the team for the three-game T20I series against Afghanistan. Team India would be looking to get back to Kohli as soon as possible. With a 28-run loss in Hyderabad, the Men in Blue had a bad start to their five-game home Test series against England.
A Times of India story cited a BCCI official as saying that the board has not heard from Virat Kohli about his possible comeback. As for his return, the official said.”We haven’t heard anything from him as of yet.” This lack of clarity casts doubt on the team’s makeup and approach heading into the test series against England.
Even though Rahul might return later in the series, Jadeja’s injury is quite serious, which should worry us. “Jadeja’s injury could be more serious, but Rahul could return later in this series,” the BCCI source said.
“Let’s see what the medical team of the NCA has to say. Sarfaraz Khan, Sourabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar have been added to the Indian squad’s starting lineup.”