Virat Kohli is the most talked about cricketer in recent times. Even when he is not part of the Indian team, there is also talk of Kohli’s antis off the field.
The former Indian captain is not part of the first two Tests against England. In his absence, India could not chase 231 as England won the first Test by 28 runs and lead the series.
It was a shocking defeat for the Indian team, considered a master in its home conditions. Ahead of the second test in Vizag, there is talk of whether the team management will offer another rank change.
Kohli withdrew from the first two Tests due to personal reasons. He informed the board and skipper Virat Kohli about his decision. There was a lot of speculation about Kohli’s decision and the English media saw it as an opportunity for the b=visitots to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
“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 require his presence and full attention.” the BCCI said in a statement.
“The BCCI respects his decision and the board and team management have extended their support to the star batsman and are confident in the abilities of the remaining members of the team to step forward and deliver commendable performances in the Test series. “The BCCI requests the media and fans to respect the privacy of Virat Kohli during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his personal motives.” BCCI statement reads more.
Meanwhile, Pakistani pacer Aamer Jamal, in a recent interaction with a fan on social media, had an “Ask Me a Question” session with his Instagram followers. During the interview, a random fan asked Jamal “Is this Virat Kohli Goat?” Jamal had an interesting answer to the question saying, “No, he’s a human.”
Aamer Jamal’s response to Virat Kohli
Jamal recently had an interesting Test series against Australia. Although Australia whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the series, Jamal made an impact in the series. He scored 143 runs in three matches at an average of 28.60. This included a career-best 82 in the first innings of the Sydney Test. He also took 18 wickets in the series to finish as the second highest wicket-taker in the series.
Talking about Virat Kohli, after missing the first Test, he will also miss the second Test due to personal reasons. Along with him, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja will also miss the second Test due to injury issues. India are already without Mohammed Shami, who is undergoing treatment for his ankle injury.
Safaraz Khan received his first India call-up ahead of the second Test against England starting on February 2 in Visakhapatnam. India lost the first Test by 28 runs, trailing in the series and falling to fifth position in the WTC points table. Sarfaraz along with Washington Sundar and Saurabh Kumar were added to the Indian team for the second Test. Sarfaraz replaced Rahul, while Sundar was named a possible replacement for Ravindra Jadeja.
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