Blow for India as Virat Kohli ruled out of entire Test series with England

Virat Kohli will not play in any of the Test matches against England (Picture: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli will miss the entire Test series between India and England due to personal reasons, it has been confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Kohli was expected to be one of the stars of the series but was forced to pull out of the opening two Tests for personal reasons, then was confirmed to be missing the next two contests.

It has now been confirmed that the iconic batter will not be involved in the series at all, with a BCCI statement reading: ‘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.’

When announcing that Kohli was to miss the first two Tests, the BCCI stated: ‘Virat has spoken to captain Rohit Sharma, the team management and the selectors and has emphasised that while representing the country has always been his top priority, certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention,’ it read.

‘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.’

Speaking about the decision, legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn backed the star batter, saying: ‘I think family is your most important priority. I’m sorry, that’s it, you know. That’s the end of the story, right there.

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Kohli has played 113 Tests for India, scoring 8,848 runs (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’ve got three dogs, and if one dog got sick, and I was in the IPL, I’m jumping on the first plane out of there to come back to see my dog.

‘So if Virat Kohli has decided to sit at home, I don’t see any problem with that at all.

‘The man has been a servant for India for many, many, many years. He’s won the World Cup, he’s captained, I don’t know what more the man can actually do to prove himself in the cricketing world.

‘But I think, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter about cricket. It really matters about why you play and who helped you get to where you were and how you are there.’

With the series level at 1-1, the third Test begins on Thursday 15 February in Rajkot.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.

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