Cricket will return to India in February next year when India hosts England. India is set to play 4 Tests, 5 T20I, and 3 ODI against England, as BCCI announced on Thursday. It will be a good opportunity for both teams to get used to the conditions in India, especially with the T20 World Cup that will be held in India next year. Fans will be excited to see cricket returning to the country after nearly a year.Here is the full schedule of India vs England 2021.India vs England 2021, Test series Schedule1st Test: Chennai | 5th Feb-9th Feb2nd Test: Chennai | 13th Feb-17th Feb3rd Test: Ahmedabad | 24th Feb-28th Feb (D/N)4th Test: Ahmedabad | 4th-8th MarchIndia vs England 2021, T20I series Schedule1st T20I: Ahmedabad | 12th March2nd T20I: Ahmedabad | 14th March3rd T20I: Ahmedabad | 16th March4th T20I: Ahmedabad | 18th March5th T20I: Ahmedabad | 20th MarchIndia vs England 2021, ODI series schedule:1st ODI: Pune | 23rd March2nd ODI: Pune | 26th March3rd ODI: Pune | 28th MarchAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah become highest paid Indian cricketer in 2020
India Test Series Against England - Virat Kohli on the cusp of biggest hitting record in history:After a successful tour of Australia, India will host England in a four-match IND VS ENG Test series, starting on February 5 with the captain of India on the cusp of one of the biggest records in cricket. Virat Kohli could become a leader with most horns under his belt. Just imagine, in the entire sport of cricket, no captain has accomplished what Virat was ready to achieve by scoring a hundred more throughout the series.Virat Kohli is on the cusp of a great record: Most centuries as a captain in international cricketVirat Kohli needs a hundred to outrun Ricky Ponting and become the captain with the most international centuries. Ponting and Virat Kohli are currently tied at the top of the list with 41 international hundreds each as a leader.Virat Kohli - 41 centuries (191 entries)Ricky Ponting - 41 centuries (376 entries)Virat Kohli on the cusp of a great record: a summary of Kohli's centuries as captain against EnglandFrom 41 centuries of Kohli as sponsors, 20 came from red cricket, while the remaining 21 came from ODIS.Virat Kohli won 5 centuries against England in tests, of which 4 became a patron. Let's do a quick summary(Visakhapatnam, 2016) - 167Virat Kohli scored his first test ton against the Three Lions in Vishakapatnam in 2016. The Indian captain scored 167 deft hits as the Men in Blue scored a massive win over 246 times.(Mumbai, 2016) - 235Virat Kohli continued to shine in the series, achieving a double century, and was one of India's leading architects, beating England 4-0 in the 5-match Test Series.(Birmingham, 2018) - 149The third tonne came from Kohli as captain against the Three Lions in Birmingham in 2018. Dynamo batting to 149 but to no avail as England triumphed by winning 31 times.(Nottingham, 2018) - 103After falling 2--0 in a five-match Test series, Virat Kohli played a captain's hit to divert India's fortunes. Kohli achieved an extravagant 103 in the second half to keep India alive in the series and scored a complete win in 203 rounds.Also Read: Virat Kohli Net Worth 2020 | Salary, Income, Cars, Bikes, Endorsements
Chennai: The second test between India and England at MA Chidambaram, which will take place from 13-17 February, is ready for fans to enter the stadium and has filled 50% of the seating capacity. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) received the green light from BCCI on Monday.The opening test will continue to be held behind closed doors, but players from India and England can expect fans to cheer them up on the field from the second Test onwards."The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry informed us that the fans can participate in the second round. We are awaiting official confirmation. The first round will be held behind closed doors. It is too late to make arrangements for the first round," said the TNCA secretary. RS Ramasaamy told on Monday.The Ministry of Sports decision to allow fans to enter stadiums for outdoor events and the Tamil Nadu state government amended guidelines to allow 50% of fans to enter the stadiums have opened the door to development after it was previously reported that fans would not be able to participate in the first two. the examsWith Kiosks I, J, and K licensed last year and open to the public again, the total capacity at Chepauk is around 38,000. According to Ramasaamy, between 12,000 and 15,000 tickets are expected to be put up for sale. Seating in the coveted wing and terrace enclosure will remain off-limits to the public due to their close proximity to the players' locker rooms. "We will not have pavilion seats and the balcony stands to ensure that no one approaches the players' area," said Ramasaamy.All players tested negativeMeanwhile, players from India and England have completed a six-day quarantine after having tested negative in three RT-PCR tests conducted during that period. All the Indian players were present at Chepauk Monday night and did some stretches and warm-ups. They'll hit the net on Tuesday morning for their first full training session.England will follow suit by training as a group for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Rory Burns, who traveled to India a few days before the England team because they weren't part of the Sri Lanka streak, have been training MAC 'B' networks since Saturday.Also Read: VIRAT KOHLI JUST A CENTURY AWAY FROM BECOMING CAPTAIN WITH MOST 100’S IN HISTORY OF CRICKET
Ind vs Eng Rohit Sharma vs Mayank Agarwal for Second Test: India team player Rohit Sharma again failed to perform during India's first Test against England in Chennai and has faced the wrath of cricket experts and fans in a losing streak since. Recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered during the 2020 IPL. On his return, Rohit just finished 147 passes in his last six Test rounds with a maximum score of 52, which is just fifty for him in his last eight test entries.Notably, Rohit was sent off with a score of 6 and 12 in the first Test against England and since his return to the Test team, Rohit has been accused of throwing his window in contrast to his inaugural partner Shopman Jill, who was recently in the face of Sublime. With a bat. Moreover, in the last three rounds, Rohit managed to score only 147 points with an average of 24.50.Ind vs Eng Test II: Rohit Sharma got a score at best, and Mayank Agarwal waited behind the scenes:India expects Rohit Sharma to get off to a good start in Round Two. If Rohit fails again, team leadership may include Mayank Agarwal in eleventh at some point in the series.Agarwal wasn't able to score much in Australia, but he's done well overall since his debut in 2018. The Karnataka right-hand player scored 1052 points, averaging 45.73 in 14 tests and spanning three centuries, including double a ton.Additionally, Agarwal boasts an exceptional average of 99.5 in the home. He played five home auditions and scored 597 rounds, including three pods. Its highest score is 243 points.Much will depend on Team India's opening matches in Test 2 if the hosts want to come back in force after facing a crushing defeat in Test 1. Also, with the crash of the WTC summit, India will reach out by firing HIT-MAN on the targets.India’s predicted playing XI for the second Test: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel /Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma.Also Read: India vs England: BCCI green-signals 50 percent capacity in Stands for 2nd Test
IND vs ENG 2nd Test, Day 3 LIVE Scoring: Ravichandran Ashwin made an impressive century at his home, Chepauk, to help India score 286/10 in the second half of the second Test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Previously, Virat Kohli had broken his 25th Test and with Ashwin saved India after England pressured the hosts with five early wickets from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkiya Rahane, and Axar Patel that day. 3. While Pujara was on the first day of the day, Rohit faltered after a few moments. Also, Pant couldn't stay any longer in the fold, faltering at 26th as well. After a few jumps, Rahani is caught in a short leg. Meanwhile, Axar tried to support Virat Kohli from the other end, but he could not stay still as Moein Ali held him in front of the logs.However, Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin fixed the roles for India before Moeen Ali eliminated the first round and Kuldeep Yadav returns moments later.Meanwhile, England now needs 482 rounds to win as they lost just 134 in response to India's first total of 329 matches.India 2nd Innings 286/10 (85.5 ov)BatsmenRB4S6SSRRohit Sharmast BT Foakes b MJ Leach26702137.14Shubman Gilllbw b MJ Leach14280150.00Cheteshwar Pujararunout (BT Foakes / Ollie Pope)7231030.43Virat Kohli (C)lbw b MM Ali621497041.61Rishabh Pant (WK)st BT Foakes b MJ Leach8111072.73Ajinkya Rahanec Ollie Pope b MM Ali10142071.43Axar Patellbw b MM Ali7181038.89Ravichandran Ashwinb OP Stone10614814171.62Kuldeep Yadavlbw b MM Ali390033.33Ishant Sharmac OP Stone b MJ Leach7241029.17Mohammed SirajNot out16210276.19Extra20 (b 5, w 0, nb 0, lb 15)Total286/10 (85.5)Yet To BatBOWLINGOMRWECONOlly Stone6.512113.07Jack Leach33610043.03Moeen Ali3279843.06Joe Root401503.75Stuart Broad932502.78Dan Lawrence10707.00Fall Of WicketsFOWOverShubman Gill1-4211.2CA Pujara2-5518.6RG Sharma3-5521.1RR Pant4-6525.3AM Rahane5-8630.3Axar Patel6-10636.1Virat Kohli7-20265.4KL Yadav8-21067.6Ishant Sharma9-23776.4Ravichandran Ashwin10-28685.5India started the third day with 249 races against Rohit Sharma 25 * and Cheteshwar Pujara 7 * in the fold. The Ravichandran Ashwin's five-course tournament was the highlight of Day Two of Test Two, helping India finish the first half for England in 134 races before the hosts began to consolidate their lead over visitors at MA Chidambaram here on Sunday.On the second day, India's score was 54/1, with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on the field. The hosts are currently enjoying a 249-lead lead over England and will be looking to add many more games to get the best chance of winning the match. India had a good start in the second half, as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill set regular boundaries. Leach gave England the first achievement by taking Jill (12) 12th.Pujara then took to the field and played cautiously, along with Rohit, to ensure India did not lose a floor of the day.Earlier, England had the worst possible start when Rory Burns (0) got a leg before the delivery window by Ishant Sharma in the first round of innings. Soon after, Ashwin knocked out Sibley (16) and England dropped to 16/2 in eighth.Skipper Joe Root (6) failed to leave a mark when he defeated the ball sent by Axar Patel, as a result of which the left arm turnover scored his first test cricket lead. England continued the fight when Ashwin ousted Lawrence (9) and England entered the first half at 39/4.Ben Stokes and Ole Pop resumed the second session of 39/4 and had a short position 13 times for the fifth wicket. Ashwin ended the Stokes' 18th season and brought him back to the wing.Ben Fox joined Pop in the middle and tried to build a solid partnership for the sixth wicket. The duo played cautiously and added a partnership 35 times before pacemaker Mohamed Siraj joined the match and fired Bob (22).Foakes, along with Moein Ali, led the team to the 100th race mark. Aksar Patel broke the stands and tore Ali's scalp (6). In the final match before tea, Ashwin captured Stone (1) and took his fourth share of the match.Jack Leach also couldn't leave a mark when Essent fired him before Ashwin took the wide window at the '60s to finish his first tour of England.Earlier in the day, Rishabh Pant (58 *) led half a century of defeating India to 329 in the first innings. India lost fast terrain in the first session of day two and was only able to add 29 races to its overnight total.On the first day, Rohit Sharma played 161 knockouts while Ajinkya Rahane backed him with a 67 stroke to help the hosts advance in the match.
Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: Test 3 against England at the renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is expected to have a healthy crowd of spectators. The largest cricket stadium in the world holds 110,000 people, and the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) decided to allow 50% capacity during the third round.This means that there will be 55,000 tickets for sale and it will be the first sporting event to see such a strong crowd since the Covid-19 outbreak last March.The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) hopes to remove the spectator limit in the coming days. "GCA has decided 50 percent capacity. Not much of a rush yet, but sales are expected to pick up in the next 3-4 days. This will be the first international match at this refurbished stadium. Since the third test is about day and night. A lot of people are expected to come. Currently, GCA expects at least 30,000 viewers on the first day of testing. A source from the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry told TOI on Tuesday, “We can have a job to celebrate the occasion.There is no decision on the pitch yetMotera has two types of courses ready for the next two exams. The playing field is a square of 11 fields, six of which are made of red ground and the rest are regular. Both options will be granted to the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There are multiple throws of each type for testing. The Secretary of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry is overseeing the preparations and a call will be made in the field as soon as the teams arrive in Ahmedabad, "the source said.Also Read: IPL 2021: KINGS XI PUNJAB CHANGES NAME NOW WILL BE KNOWN AS 'PUNJAB KINGS'
Ind vs Eng: The All India Supreme Select Committee met on Wednesday to select the team for the last two test matches to be played in Ahmedabad against England.India squad for 3rd and 4th Test: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj.Umesh Yadav will join the team in Ahmedabad and after assessing his fitness he will replace Chardul Thakur, who will be released in the Vijay Hazare Cup.The committee also selected five reticle shooters and two reserve players.Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh KumarStandby players: KS Bharat, Rahul Chahar.Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Priyank Panchal have been released for Vijay Hazare Trophy.Ind vs Eng schedule:England’s tour of India, 2020/21 – Test seriesS.No.DateMatchVenue124th – 28th Feb3rd Test (D/N)Ahmedabad24th – 8th March4th TestAhmedabadAlso Read: IND VS ENG 3RD TEST: 55,000 SPECTATORS TO BE ALLOWED AT MOTERA
Heading into Test 3 against England, India has a lot to think about when it comes to picking the eleventh man in the eleventh game. The third round will be a day/night pink ball match at Ahmedabad Baker Stadium which opens up different possibilities as the conditions are not so simple. According to the sources, the team management has not yet decided whether to play 3 rotors or 3 pacemakers in the third test. For this reason: Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Hardik Pandya, and Muhammad Siraj have been asked by the team management to remain ready for the match.India’s Playing XI for 3rd Test:Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R.Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Fight for 11th Spot between – Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Hardik Pandya, and Mohammed SirajIndia vs England 3rd Test – Why so much uncertainty over playing XI?Reason: In the second test in Chennai, where the wicket was a band controller, India came out with three spindles and two pacemakers. But the day/night test is a different game. Not only does the SG ball have a thick lacquer coating to prevent wear and tear, but the field is also expected to have some turf to hold it together for five days.All this points to a snacker's help, at least for the first day. But if the pitch is set up in such a way as to assist spinners like the first two tests in Chennai, it would be preferred to use the third rotor, which can provide the depth of hitting. There are three options: Kuldeep Yadav or Washington Sunder.For a simple and fourth option, India has to choose between Hardik Pandya or Muhammad Siraj, and Umesh Yadav has a choice in the eleventh.PINK Ball Test – 3rd Spinner or the 3rd Pacer in Indian XI?With Ravindra Jadeja absent due to injury, the selection of the Indian team was a nuisance. In his absence, the main question was about who would partner with Ravichandran Ashwin. Before the third test, it can be assumed that India will present Ashwin and Axar Patel, who passed the second test. But the option to place a third roulette game cannot be ruled out.Kuldeep Yadav: Kuldeep's contribution to India's victory in the second Test was very limited. He only threw 12.2 exaggerated and closed two windows. With the bat, he fell on the flop, scoring three runs. But it is only vertigo on the team, and it might come in handy in day/night conditions.Washington Sunder: One of the options India could go along with, the Washington Sunder is a player who can strike well to provide India with a depth that reaches into India. If Sayed Mushtaq Ali Cup matches were considered, Motera Stadium could be easy to turn, meaning that aside from Ashwin and Patel, Sander might be the other option.- Indian bowlers got 19 wickets per match and they all went with pacemakers.- Indian spinners Ashwin & Jadeja only fired 7 savers in 2 rounds with no success.Third pacer slot:Here the circumstances are at stake. Since the test is a day/night thing, dew can be a factor like the lawn on the court. Furthermore, the only day/night test in India in Eden Gardens against Bangladesh showed that the locksmiths rule the ball with the pink ball, returning 19 fields for the match.With Muhammad al-Shami injured, as well as Bumrah and Ishant Sharma, who will be playing their 100th Test, India can put in a third pacemaker as the hitting lineup is expected to remain the same unless they retire due to late injuries.Umesh Yadav: Umesh Yadav, one of the pacemakers featured on India's first day/night test at Eden Gardens, has an impressive record at home. In his last five home events, Yadav has won 33 wickets. But as he returns from the injury, it could be risky to press him too soon. However, it could still be the third-best pacemaker choice in India if the team management decided to opt for a specialized pacemaker and the players failed to make much progress.Hardik Pandya: Looking at bowlers who have limited hitting skills other than Ashwin, Pandya might be the perfect guy to enter the game XI. He can strike and he can be a pacemaker between half and he can play 10-15 games a day. But Pandya is also back from an injury and throwing 15 times a day could become a problem. If chosen, it will be after a long absence of more than two years.Also Read: INDIA vs ENGLAND 2nd Test: Ashwins solid century helps India set 482-run target for England
Rohit Sharma has returned to the Indian T20 as well as the Rishabh Pant form. So where does this leave Kuala Lumpur Rahul's 11th India center? Rishabh Pant's phenomenal return will lead to many interesting developments at the top of the ranking.The Pant's inclusion means that KL Rahul, who until a few months ago was a goalkeeper's first choice, is unlikely to be wearing large gloves. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were key players at the start of the match until recently, but Rahul's emergence as a strong white-ball specialist sparked the competition.Dhawan recently earned a score of 150 in the Vijay Hazare Cup for Delhi, and when it comes to Rohit, there's nothing to dispute.So where does team management fit in with Rahul, who was a successful player in the IPL? Will he be placed in the middle-ranking because Dhawan is not suitable for hitting less? These are two closely related questions and there will be a follow-up question in the answer.With Captain Kohli himself in third and two revolutionaries like Pant and multi-level player Hardik Pandya expected to play the big shots in fifth and sixth places, where would you best leave Rahul? The only place it can be assigned is number 4, but Shreyas Iyer and Suriyakumar Yadav are also fighting for a place.If one closely follows the XI player picking pattern, Surya, the emotional favorite, will have to wait for his turn because Shreyas has done nothing wrong.But when it comes to a three-way fight between Rahul, Shreyas, and Surya, the man from Karnataka defeats the boys from Mumbai with his combination of punches and the ability to shift gears.This means that among KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Surya, only one will make it to Indian Play XI.India Playing XI – Headache is a bowling combination too? Likewise, in the percussion section, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, once India's greatest white ball advocate, returns after a long break and will face a duo fight with Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur.For Bhuvneshwar, his experience and being a better Rami player in death compared to Shahar puts him in good shape, but he hasn't played much cricket except for some Mushtaq Ali matches.The same goes for Chahar, the tough bowler who excels at swinging but is more than just one trick with no contrast during the tenth stroke. Shardul is a cunning soccer player who can swing him at a fast pace and between the three of them, he can use the long handle to get the best spin.Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, and Axar Patel are the three expected winners in the eleventh game on the Slow Cliffs of Motera. In another three-way fight, Thangarasu Natarajan, with his variety of yorkers, has a better chance to start compared to Navdeep Saini.In total, there are far too many good players and too little space for them all with three safe choices: Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jaspreet Bumrah who are already resting or recovering from injury.Once they return, that will be a major concern of management, but they won't mind.India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.Also Read: Kieron Pollard hits Six 6s in an over against Sri Lanka
With Rohit Sharma returning to the T20I, India captain Virat Kohli confirmed that his first partner would be KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan would be with the team as a third start.“We cannot accommodate all three openers in the playing XI. Out of Dhawan and Rahul, only one will find a place in the XI. KL (Rahul) and Rohit (Sharma) have been consistent performers. Those two will start,” Virat Kohli said at a hypothetical press conference ahead of India's first T20I match against England on Friday in Ahmedabad.India faced a dilemma in picking first place against England in the five-game T20I series, as Rohit's return to the team would mean Rahul or Dhawan are excluded. Dhawan was not, however, in bad shape, scoring half a century against Australia and following him by 153 in the Vijay Hazare Cup. But in Rahul, India, you get an exploding opener that can slow you down depending on the situation. Rahul's vector preservation abilities are an added bonus as well.“It’s quite simple, KL and Rohit have been performing at the top of the order for us and those two would start. If Rohit takes a rest or KL has a niggle or something Shikki (Shikhar Dhawan) obviously comes back as a third opener,” Kohli said.Virat Kohli's decision to go with Rahul in place of Dhawan was supported by former India batsman at VS Laxman and former coach MSK Prasad. Laxman said that given the T20 World Cup, Rahul would be a better pick despite Dwan's level.“It will be a tough question, as far as the selection of the second opener is concerned. There’s no doubt about that because Rohit Sharma is an automatic choice in white-ball cricket. I will still go with KL Rahul because over the last few months and years I think the Indian team management went with KL Rahul as an opening batsman and he has done really well in that position,” Laxman said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.Ind vs Eng 1st T20: ‘Bhuvneshwar Kumar key to India’s plans’The other place already occupied in the starting line-up against England is Hovneshwar Kumar's pacemaker. Bovanishwar, returning from injury, will lead India's swift attack in the absence of Jaspert Bumrah and Muhammad Shami. Kohli said throwing the UP remains key to India's plans for the T20 World Cup to be held in India in October.“Bhuvneshwar is shaping up really well. He's back, he's in good shape. He has done very well to get back to his highs and looks like a smart worker, and we've seen him in the past. He continues to bring this experience to the field that will be vital to us.” Kohli said at the conference The journalist "has a clear understanding of what he wants to do in the future."Bhuvneshwar last played for India in the T20I series against the West Indies in December 2019 and was sidelined due to injury. But he returned to IPL and local cricket after his recovery.“He wants to contribute towards many more Indian wins in the coming months. Obviously in the T20 World Cup, we would need our most experienced T20 bowler and he is right up there with anyone else in the world in the start, in the middle, and in the death as well. He is a guy you can bank on and I am very glad to have him back. Hopefully, he can build strongly from here and be as ready as he is now for the World Cup,” Kohli said.Also Read: IPL 2021 DATES
India beat world number 1 England by 7 wickets to draw the 5-match series 1-1. Virat Kohli and rookie Ishan Kishan made impressive shots in the Indian victory by chasing a goal that scored 165 times with two goals.Brilliant Kishan scored in his debut 56 (32 balls).On the other hand, Captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten in 73 out of 49 balls. Kohli completed his 26th place in the international T20 and in the process became the first player to score 3000 T20.In the center, Rishabh Pant played a small cameo with 12 balls out of 26 times.IND beat ENG in 2nd T20: Earlier, India started very poorly, with KL Rahul being returned to the wing without scoring any goals. But Virat Kohli with apprentice Ishan Kishan played brilliantly to lead India on the path to victory.They both added 94 seconds to wicket 60 balls. Ishan Kishan looks particularly good, scoring 56 with 4 Sixes and 5 Limit punches.Kishan's debut with Suryakumar Yadav begins today as Virat Kohli decided once again to put Rohit Sharma to rest.IND defeated ENG in 2nd T20 - Indian bowlers broke out in death to limit England to 164/6. In the last 5 hikes, Indian bowlers Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya have only given 35 shots and have not allowed England to finish the boom.IND beat ENG by 7 WICKETS, wins 2nd T20 – Series Tied at 1-1Follow Live Updates – Indian Innings –Batsmen RB4S6SSRLokesh Rahulc Jos Buttler b SM Curran06000.00Ishan Kishanlbw b AU Rashid563254175.00Virat Kohli (C)Not out734953148.98Rishabh Pant (WK)c JM Bairstow b CJ Jordan261322200.00Shreyas IyerNot out8800100.00Extra3 (b 0, w 1, nb 1, lb 1)Total166/3 (17.5)Yet to BatSA Yadav, HH Pandya, Washington Sundar, SN Thakur, B Kumar, YS ChahalBOWLINGOMRWECONSam Curran412215.50Jofra Archer402406.00Chris Jordan2.5038113.41Tom Curran2026013.00Ben Stokes1017017.00Adil Rashid403819.50England Innings- 164/6 in 20 overs Batsmen RB4S6SSRJason Royc B Kumar b Washington Sundar463542131.43Jos Buttler (WK)lbw b B Kumar01000.00Dawid Malanlbw b YS Chahal242340104.35Jonny Bairstowc SA Yadav b Washington Sundar201511133.33Eoin Morgan (C)c RR Pant b SN Thakur282040140.00Ben Stokesc HH Pandya b SN Thakur242110114.29Sam CurranNot out6510120.00Chris JordanNot out00000.00Extra16 (b 1, w 5, nb 0, lb 10)Total164/6 (20)Yet To BatTK Curran, Jofra Archer, AU Rashid BOWLINGOMRWECONBhuvneshwar Kumar402817.00Washington Sundar402927.25Shardul Thakur402927.25Hardik Pandya403308.25Yuzvendra Chahal403418.50INDIA vs ENGLAND 2nd T20: Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are making debuts today. Rohit Sharma is again rested and so is Shikhar Dhawan. Both the Mumbai Indian players will be in playing XI today.England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil RashidIndia (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read: IPL 2021 Dates
The 50 slopes of Ishan Kishan at the 2nd International T20 Meeting between India and England made Shekhar Dhawan's way back in the Indian T20 chart of things very difficult. Ishan has been talked about as a talent since his age-group days, but there was a small crack in his armor. The young man had difficulty knowing when to attack and when to defend. But all of this appears to be fading after he led India to a 7 wicket win with 56 of 32 impressive balls.India captain Virat Kohli, who collaborated 94 of 54 balls with the lefty hitter, was among the first to give Ishan the credit for the win. "A special reference to Ishan, the way he's struck," Kohli said in the presentation. "It completely changed the game. We were one for nothing. I tried to do my best, but then I took the game completely away from the competitors. Follow his instincts. Hit the quality at the start."Ishan's rise has put Dhawan in a very difficult position. The Delhi-born was the winner of the India match at ICC events, but with a decline in the form of new names making their way into the squad, the team leader may have to make very tough decisions in the coming days.Ishan Kishan arrives, where Shikhar Dhawan in Indian XI stands Dhawan's biggest advantage to India is his attacking style at the top, as well as the advantage of being left-handed.In comparison, Ishan Kishan is more aggressive in his approach. With him, the combination of left and right on top is still intactDhawan breaks down the bowlers on top and his temperament is top-notch. Kishan is capable of destroying attacks, but his temper will only be measured when he faces more difficult situations than he faced on Sunday.Ishan Kishan's ability to 6 hits is a huge advantage over Dhawan. His 30 games in IPL & 4 vs Eng at 2nd T20 are great proof of that.Another feature Kishan brings is his skill as a dedicated wicketkeeper. He could be a huge endorsement of Rishabh Pant.Duane clearly has a tough competition now with the arrival of Ishan KishanRelying on a game he mastered under the strict supervision of four-time Indian Premier League Champions (IPL) Mumbai Indians (MI), Ishan was the biggest team between India and England. Show all the qualities of the "X factor" that Kohli talks about often.“When you play in the IPL with as dominant as him, against the high-end bowlers, we saw him hitting the international speed bowlers with six top players,” Kohli said."He's a daring character. You should continue to support your instincts. We had a conversation in the middle where he understood and analyzed the game very intelligently. He knew he was hitting the ball really well, so he kept using his chances. But it was counted. He was not reckless. That's what you want to see at Youth… The attendance, it looks great, is still retreating but with the realization of the game situation and I think today that the counter-roles for him and our partner [94 rounds of 54 balls] were something the team needed and presented. The team.”Ishan Kishan’s arrival can be bad news for Rahul too?Rahul now faces stiff competition from Ishan. Karnataka's hitter has not been able to utilize his potential in the series yet. In the two matches he played, Rahul was back on a golden duck.Rohit, who missed his first two matches against England, will definitely be with the Indian national team for the T20 World Cup in October. But outside Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Ishan Kishan - the team leader will have to rule out 1. In the current scheme of things, Kishan will have little advantage over his big counterparts.Also Read: VIRAT KOHLI, ISHAN KISHAN SCORE BRILLIANT HALF CENTURIES, INDIA COMFORTABLY BEAT ENGLAND BY 7 WICKETS
India team dropped 2--1 in the 5-match T20 series. One misstep, India will lose the series at home against England. This is why Indian captain Virat Kohli is in trouble. The decision to be made by Virat and the Indian Research Center has to do with KL Rahul's struggle.India v England: KL Rahul has had three failures: Virat Kohli now has to decide whether to continue with Rahul and remain involved in one of his most trusted lieutenants or move on to other options and save the series.While Virat Kohli and India coach Vikram Rathore supported Rahul on top, saying he had been the best hitter in T20 for the past 2-3 years, along with other players on the team, it would be tough to justify inclusion. In the eleventh play of the fourth T20."Those things change very quickly. For us, he's been a hero. If you look at their stats over the past two or three years, they are probably better than everyone else in world cricket in the T20s. One of our best hitters will still be with Rohit in the part." We have no worries there. T20 is a very instinctive game. We know that once you start playing positive and you get some shots, it's about five or six balls like this, and all of a sudden they return to that area, "Kohli said after the match.Rahul also had Rathore's endorsement. The Indian striking coach said Rahul was India's top hitter in T20 with an average of over 40 in the past year."Anyone can go through the lean phase. Last year, I think KL was our best hitter in the T20 format. He averages over 40 with a strike rate of 145. So three mistakes don't change that fact. He's probably the best hitter we have at this." He did well for us last year. I think this is the moment when we need his support as a team. I am absolutely sure that he will come out of this difficult phase that he is going through, "Rathore said at the post-match press conference.India Playing XI for 4th T20: Should KL Rahul continue?After the captain and coach's remarks, despite grades 1, 0, and 0, ITRC will likely continue with Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the lead. But if Rahul fails again and India loses, the same think-tank will have some tough questions to answer before the match.India Playing XI for 4th T20: Should Yuzvendra Chahal make way for Axar Patel?India vs England: While there has been a lot of talk about the inauguration of India, the performance of the Indian leader, Chahal, is now also subject to the scanner. Chahal was unable to simulate his performance in IPL for India. In his last 12 games by T20I, Chahal has averaged 43.6 and an economy of 9.27. In his third T20 against England, he came back with expensive numbers, conceding 41 points in 4 sums.This is not talking about Chahal being included in India's eleventh game for the fourth T20. Alternatively, with Washington Sundar performing well as a second-round, Axar Patel could lead the India cargo, especially after his rich exploits in the Test series against England. Although he played in 1st T20, he did not complete his quota, conceding 24 times in three runs without any wicket. But given Chahal's bad form on the show, Patel might wink in front of him.IND vs ENG: INDIA Likely Playing XI – 3rd T20Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel / Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur & Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read: Virat Kohli: Superb looking tattoos and their meaning
Two months after the sad misfortune at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, Virat Kohli-drove Team India will start the procedures for the second pattern of the World Test Championship, playing the opener against England in a five-Test series beginning August. As indicated by ESPNCricinfo, the subsequent cycle will traverse August 2021 to June 2023. The timetable and scene for the last are up in the air by the ICC. The subsequent cycle will involve just two five-Test series - the Ashes in December being the other. The Border-Gavaskar series in India in 2022 will be the solitary four-Test series. Also Read: On This Day In 2007: Sachin Tendulkar Became First Batsman to Cross 15,000 ODI Runs MarkThe subsequent cycle also will include nine groups, with each playing six series: three home and three away - which were recently concluded in 2018 by every one of the individuals as a component of the 2019-23 Future Tours Program. India's home mission will start with the New Zealand series, which will likewise stamp the beginning of Blackcaps' title-safeguard campiagn. They will likewise confront Sri Lanka an Australia at home. South Africa and Bangladesh will be their other abroad series. Britain will play the most Test matches (21), trailed by India's 19. New Zealand, the champs of the debut title, will play just 13 Tests.
Opener KL Rahul reinforced his 84 in the First test with a superb 100 to break India's seven-year-old centuries drought at Lords on Thursday. Rahul became the first Indian after Ajinkya Rahane and the 10th overall to earn a place on the cricket househonors tables.Rahul brought the second hundred of him against England in the 212-ball. Rahul had hit nine boundaries and one six when he reached the three digits.Rahul went head-to-head with England's pace attack and came out with a good hundred, helping his team dominate the game in the final session of opening day.Notably, Rahul also became the second batsman to reach one hundred in the 2021-23 cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. This is KL Rahul's sixth test hundred and his second against England.Rahul leaves all fourth stump delivery and didn't care much about the incoming deliveries and knew where his off stump was and covered the swing. As soon as Rohit left the scene, Rahul upped the ante and ended the opening day with a brilliant sixth hundred.Placed in the position of the Lords, the Indian inaugural pair of KL Rahul (55 hits from 143balls)and Rohitnegated cloudy conditions on a good batting surface during the away team's inaugural track in the first century since the 2007 Tour.After negotiating two deliveries that went away. Rohit was surprised with one that came in, much to Anderson's delight, who overcame a close quartet to retain his place on the team. Anderson struck again in the 50th over when Cheteshwar Pujara fell to nine after edging outswinger to Jonny Bairstow on the third slip to leave the visitors at 150-2. But Rahul raised the scoring rate after Rohit's departure and ignited his half century.England, without seamer Stuart Broad due to a torn right calf, called up Haseeb Hamid, Moen Ali, Mark Wood, Zach Crowley and Dan Lawrence.Also Read- Neeraj Chopra rises to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold
England's Ole Robinson knocked out India's captain Virat Kohli at the end of the first day of second test, calling the precious wicket the greatest of his fledgling career.Fresh from his five-wicket haul in first opening test at Trent Bridge, Robinson cleared Kohli (42) who edged it to Joe Root on the first slip after taking the second fresh ball.Virat is probably mybiggest wicket so far, so I was happy with that. It was a great moment. The plan was always for him to bowl the fourth-fifth stump line, back of the length. Fortunately, the plan worked,said Robinson. After the stumps on Thursday.KL Rahul remained undefeated at 127wielding his bat from the first ball to the end, while his great opening partner Rohit Sharma played fluently before going out for 83, his best score in overseas test to lead India 276-3 on day one after Root opted to bowl. Robinson praised the efforts of opposing hitters for their efforts, but also felt his team was unlucky. "There were probably 10-15 hits and misses that he could count and another day we could have had it two or three earlier." "We definitely looked at the circumstances and thought we could get some of them early here. I think on another day it (wickets) might have happened. "I felt we did a good performance," he said. "We worked hard against their batters and to be fair they played very well. Dense clouds in the morning delayed the start of the game, as Root was quick to choose a bowling game to take advantage of the conditions, which did not happen. When asked if the field was letting them down, he said: "We expected the field to be a little bit faster, a little bit smoother.’’ Obviously, it's a little bit slow. "The swing was a bit inconsistent; I don't know if it was the ball or the overhead. We decided to swing a bit, which we felt was a good plan, but the wicket was a bit slow on that and not as responsive as we think it might be. " Stuart Broad's absence (a torn calf) meant that Robinson shared the new ball with paceman James Anderson and said he was ready to take on the challenge. "It has been a privilege to share the new ball with Jimmy’’. I have shown in the last two games that I am ready to work when it arrives," he signed the exit.Also Read: Neeraj Chopra rises to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold
Things exploded between India captain Virat Kohli and veteran England player James Anderson during the first session of day 4 of the second test at Lords. Kohli seemed to be angry about something Anderson had told him. "You swearing at me again are you? This isn’t your fu***ng backyard," Kohli could be heard saying over the stump mic to Anderson's during the 17th over of the day. Chirp chirp chirp. This is what old age makes you do," Kohli could be heard saying after Anderson bowled the fifth delivery of the over. Kohli was looking good during his short stay at the crease before Sam Curran dismissed him for 20. Kohli edged one straight to Jos Buttler India finally finished the session at 56/3 with a lead of just 29 times. India earlier lost its first wicket KL Rahul, who scored a century in the first innings, and Rohit Sharma in the first 12 overs of the day. In reacting to the incident, Stuart Broad, who was ruled from the ongoing test series, reminded fans of the Anderson five wicket hauls at Lords, saying that the honours board at the venue's suggests it his "actual backyard". "The Lord's honours board suggests it's as close to Jimmy's backyard as Jimmy's actual backyard. Love the fire but that language will have him in trouble," Broad tweeted.Also Read- Archery Youth World Championships: Komalika Bari wins successive world titles, record haul for India
India's paceman shine with both bat and ball on Monday when Virat Kohli's team thrashed England by 151 runs in the Lord's second test. The victory gave India a 1-0 lead in a five-match series after their third win in 19 test matches at home of cricket after a match draw at Trent Bridge. England, who were to win 272 in least 60 overs on last day, were sent off to 120. They were in dire straits at 1-2 after Jaspreet Burmrah and Mohamed Shami knocked out openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley. without anything. His teammate Mohamed Siraj then continued the game with a score of 4-32, a comeback that saw him finish the game by bowling No11 James Anderson's. Previously, Shami, with 56 not out, and Bumrah (34 not out) had the highest scores in the tests and shared a standing position on ninth wicket with a score of 89, India their innings on 298-8. Then Bumrah had burns wicket with nothing when the lefthander was caught from a leading edge at wide mid-off. The struggling Sibley followed soon afterwards when he nicked a superb Shami leg-cutter to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. It was the first time in 141 years of test cricket in England that both home opener was played for a duck in the innings. Haseeb Hameed was dropped in the slips on four before his nine off 45 balls ended when lbw to an Ishant Sharma nip-backer, despite a review. England's 67-4 at tea became 67-5 three balls after that when England captain Joe Root, who had a superb 180 no-out in the first innings, fell for 33 when edged a Bumrah ball that angled in to opposing captain Kohli at first slip Jos Buttler was dropped on two in the slips by Kohli off Bumrah. But at the other end, Siraj hit twice on successive balls to leave England 67-5, with Moen Ali getting caught by a Kohli before Sam Curran completes pair edging to pant. New batsman Olly Robinson, on the England team without Ben Stokes, took a break from all cricket due to mental health issues and teammate Chris Wokes (heel injury), gamely resisted for 35 balls. But Robinson finally had the lbw on review for Bumrah, who finished with impressive numbers of 3-33 in 15 overs. His exit started collapse that saw England lost their last three wickets all on 120, with Buttler caught behind for 25 before Anderson fell. India resumed Monday on 181-6, a lead of 154. Robinson struck with the new ball so the danger Pant was caught behind for 22, with India now 194-7.With Shami and Bumrah consistently scoring, Root put spinner Mooen Ali back in to attack. Bumrah, however, was dropped on 22 by first slip Root off Mooen Ali. Shami passed his second 50 in 53 tests in driving successive Mooen Ali deliveries for four and six off to reach the landmark in just 57 balls. This innings recalls his 51 not out against England at Nottingham's Trent Bridge in 2014. Bumrah also topped his highest test score for the second time in the series after 28 at Nottingham.Also Read- Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in verbal battle: 'Chirp chirp chirp, this is what old age makes you do'
In form captain Joe Root edged out players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Alastair Cook to become the batsman with the most hundreds in the India vs England Test after scoring the eighth century in the Test against Virat Kohli side during the second match of the series in Leeds on Thursday. Root tops the list of most number of hundred in India vs England Tests with 8 centuries in 41 innings, while Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook are the second seven-ton sets in bilateral series between the two countries. Root also became the first player to score hundreds in 3 consecutive tests twice in the same year. Root hit hundred in each of the last two tests in Nottingham and London. Root also became the player to score more than fifty plus as captain during England vs India in England. Root smashed six fifties while playing against India in England, he equalled MS Dhoni's record.Also Read- India vs England: Wounds of 2014 hurt Virat Kohli again Root scored 139-run in 189-ball with Malan (70 of 128) before the southpaw picked up edge while trying to flick Mohamed Siraj ball. Indian pacers, who wrote a memorable script for the Lords victory, bowled too many boundary balls and the English duo were quick to pick them. The pitch appears to have loosened considerably for the batsman after India collapsed to 78 on the first day. Indian bowlers have not been able to send Root back to the pavilion easily in the series and the skipper scored runs whenever he want to. He seems to be in form and reached his 51 fifty of 57 balls with a impressive back foot punch through the covers.Also Read- IPL 2021: Pandya brothers Kunal and Hardik join Mumbai Indian camp in Abu Dhabi
Shardul Thakur came on the counterattack on Thursday as he helped India advance to a respectable first innings total on Day 1 of 4 Test against England at the Oval. Shardul hit 57 of just 36 balls while stitching up 63 runs on just 48 balls with tail-ender Umesh Yadav after the top Indian batsman failed to make runs. Shardul Thakur reached fifty with his 3rd six, pulling Chris Woakes to the mid-wicket stand. Shardul celebrated his second test with a lot of swagger as he waved his bat to the dressing room and players stood up to applaud his brave effort. 50 runs in 31 balls, Shardul Thakur broke Ian Botham's record for the fastest fifty in England. Botham had reached the historic milestone with 32 balls in 1986 at the Oval. Notably, this was also India's second fastest 50 in a test match. Kapil Dev holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman. He had hit 30 balls 50 against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982.7 boundaries and 3 sixes! Shardul Thakur went after everyone after the tea break and was hitting them hard. He made England pacers feel unsure of their length, as he drove with ease and go on back foot to punish shorter deliveries. Thakur hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes while attacking England pacemakers. He made fun of the midfielder because he constantly kept finding the boundaries after clearing the player into the ring. Joe Root cut a frustrated figure as Shardul and Umesh expand the total of the India's first innings.India are bowled out for 191.Chris Woakes finishes with a four-for.#WTC23 | #ENGvIND | https://t.co/zRhnFiKhzZ pic.twitter.com/T8eP4jp8EB— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2021Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Also Read- Afghanistan cricket get green signal to play their 1st Test since Taliban's takeover, to face Australia in November
India produced an energetic performance with the bat on Monday to beat England by 7-wickets in their first T20 World Cup warm-up match in Dubai. Chasing 189 for victory, the 2007 champions rode on destructive half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul to cross the finish line with 6 balls to spare. Kishan and Rahul opened the batting and added 82 for the first wicket to lay a solid foundation for the run chase before the latter got out against the run of play for 51 to Mark Wood. Virat Kohli, who dropped to No. 3 to accommodate Rahul at the top, suffered a rare failure with the bat, scoring just 11 off 13 balls. Kishan carried on attacking the England bowlers and top-scored with 70 not out of 46 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes before being replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, but this move did not work because he couldn't fire as according to expectations and got out for 8 with India needing 21 off 15 balls. Fortunately, the duo of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya did what was needed and knocked off the required runs without much trouble. Pant finished the match with six and finished with 29 not out while Pandya scored 12 not out.Impressive batting performance Fine bowling display #TeamIndia beat England & win their first warm-up game. #INDvENG #T20WorldCup : Getty Images pic.twitter.com/jIBgYFqOjz— BCCI (@BCCI) October 18, 2021Earlier, Mohammed Shami snapped three wickets but Jonny Bairstow smashed a 36-ball 49 to help England post a challenging 188 for 5 after being asked to bat first by Virat Kohli. Besides Shami (3/40), fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) and spinner Rahul Chahar (1/43) were also among wickets at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. Bairstow hit one six and had four hits to the fence in his knock, while Liam Livingstone (30) also contributed with the bat. But it was Moeen Ali's whirlwind 20-ball 43 which powered England to a good score in the end. India will next face Australia in their second warm-up match at the same venue on Wednesday (October 20) while England will lock horns with New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. India will face Australia in their second warm-up match at the same venue on Wednesday (October 20) while England will face New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.Also Read- Yuvraj Singh Arrested, Released on Bail Over Casteist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal
World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has decided to come out of retirement in February next year “on public demand”, more than two years after he called it quits. In a surprise late-night post on Instagram on Monday, 39-year-old Yuvraj posted a clip of his final century for India when he smashed 150 against England in Cuttack in January 2017 and posted a message about his possible comeback. “God decides your destiny !!On public demand il be back on the pitch hopefully in February ! Ain’t nothing like this feeling! “Thank you for your love and wishes, mean a lot to me ! Keep supporting IND it’s our team and a true fan will show his or her support in tough times,” Yuvraj wrote. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial)It is unclear whether he will be returning to be in contention for a place in the Indian team or in T20 leagues. The 2011 World Cup Player of the Tournament, the swashbuckling all-rounder had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in June 2019. There were also talks that he may come out of retirement to play domestic cricket for Punjab and was even included in the 30-man list of probables for the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali but did not play. After retiring from international cricket, the southpaw played in franchise cricket around the world. He also featured in the Road Safety World Series and Abu Dhabi T10 league earlier this year. Indian cricketer Yuvraj played 304 ODIs and 40 Tests, scoring 8701 and 1900 runs respectively after making his debut in October 2000. He also took 111 ODI wickets with his left-arm spin bowling.Also Read- Messi confirms he will 'return to Barcelona' after PSG stint
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday that star batter Virat Kohli has opted out of the first two Test matches against England citing 'personal reasons'. In an official statement, BCCI said that Kohli had conversations with skipper Rohit Sharma and the team management regarding his absence and extended their support to the cricketer. "Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be withdrawn from the first two Tests of the upcoming Test series against England, citing personal reasons," BCCI said in their official statement."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 demand his presence and undivided attention," the statement further read.Kohli missed the first T20I match against Afghanistan due to 'personal reasons' and earlier, he also missed an intra-squad match in South Africa as he had to fly to London.The BCCI statement also asked the media to refrain from 'speculating on the nature of his personal reasons' and said that Kohli's replacement will be announced in the coming days."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.""The BCCI requests the media and fans to respect Virat Kohli's privacy during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his personal reasons. The focus should remain on supporting the Indian cricket team as they embark on the upcoming challenges in the Test series," the statement concluded.Also Read: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Return To T20Is: 3 Reason Why BCCI Had To Pick Them