After not playing the first two Tests of the 5-Test series against England, Virat Kohli is now out of the next two matches as well. According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, India's star batsman will not play in the third and fourth Tests to be held in Rajkot and Ranchi.
At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, who were injured during the first Test, can return to the team for the third Test. Both players did not play in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.
According to media reports, Virat Kohli is on a break due to family reasons. It is believed that he is currently abroad. On questions related to him after the second Test, coach Rahul Dravid had said that the team management will contact Kohli to know his availability for the remaining matches of the series.
A few days ago, AB de Villiers also said in a live stream that Kohli is expecting his second child. All I know is that they're okay. Kohli is spending some time with his family (and), that's why he didn't play the first two Test matches.
Ravindra Jadeja was run out by a direct hit from English captain Ben Stokes on the fourth day of the Hyderabad Test. He faced difficulties in walking while returning to the pavilion. After the match was over, Jadeja got his leg scanned in Hyderabad itself.
After this, he is now under the supervision of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, where he is recovering. After the first test, KL Rahul complained of pain in his thigh. He is also in NCA. The fitness report of both has not come yet. The final decision will be taken after the report comes.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah may be rested in the third test. In place of Bumrah, fast bowler Mohammad Siraj may get a chance in the third match. He was rested in the second test. He will lead the Indian attack in the third game before reuniting with Bumrah in the last 2 Tests of the series.
The third Test between India and England is to be played at Rajkot ground from 15th February. The series is tied at 1-1 after the first two Tests. England won the first test by 28 runs and India won the second test by 106 runs.