The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has urged fans and media to honour Virat Kohli’s privacy and avoid speculating on the personal reasons behind his withdrawal from the first two Test matches.
Here’s what BCCI said in a statement:
“Virat Kohli spoke to captain Rohit Sharma and team management and has emphasized that while playing for India has always been his top priority, certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention.”
Kohli, accompanied by his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma, is presently in Ayodhya for the Ram Mandir ceremony.
Virat Kohli’s absence in the first two matches will be a big blow for Team India, as he has been the backbone of the team in the middle order. It will be interesting to see who is going to fill his shoes in his absence.