In a shocking development, team India's star batter Virat Kohli will be unavailable from the remaining matches of the Test series against England due to personal reasons, as confirmed by the BCCI on Saturday. This came after the BCCI announced the squad for the remaining three Tests of the series as the series is locked at 1-1 after India's win in the second match in Visakhapatnam.
In a statement, the BCCI stated Kohli's absence from the entire Test series, "Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr. Kohli's decision." Currently, Kohli is attending to urgent family matters.
Notably, the former India captain will miss an entire home series for the first time in his career. Kohli has been a fixture in every home Test series since making his debut in 2011. The 35-year-old former captain, boasting nearly 9,000 runs in 113 tests, had also missed the first two Tests due to personal reasons.
As captain of the Indian team, he has led India to historic achievements, including their first Test series victory in Australia. Additionally, he steered India to maintain their position as the top-ranked team in the format for an impressive 42 consecutive months, spanning from October 2016 to March 2020.