- Virat Kohli will be unavailable for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons.
- Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul’s participation will depend on the fitness clearance from the medical team.
- Shreyas Iyer has been dropped from the squad for the last three Tests.
- Bengal pacer Akash Deep receives maiden Test call-up.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the India squad for the final three Tests of the ongoing series against England. The highlight of the squad update is the absence of Virat Kohli, who will now miss the last three Tests as well due to personal reasons. This comes after Kohli had pulled out of the first two Tests citing undisclosed personal reasons. The BCCI has also provided updates on the fitness clearance of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, while dropping Shreyas Iyer from the squad for the last three Tests.
Virat Kohli’s Unavailability:
Virat Kohli, who was expected to return for the third Test, will now remain unavailable for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The BCCI fully respects and supports Kohli’s decision. This news comes as a blow to the Indian team, as Kohli’s presence and leadership have been instrumental in their success in recent times.
Jadeja and Rahul’s Fitness Clearance:
The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul in the upcoming Tests will depend on the fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team. Both players missed the second Test after suffering injuries in the first Test. Their inclusion in the squad will provide a much-needed boost to the Indian team, especially considering their contributions in the previous matches.
Shreyas Iyer Dropped:
The BCCI has dropped middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer from the squad for the last three Tests. While the board has not provided a reason behind this decision, recent reports suggest that Iyer experienced pain in his back while batting in the second Test. The selectors have decided against including any other batsman in the squad, indicating their confidence in the current lineup.
Maiden Test Call-up for Akash Deep:
Bengal pacer Akash Deep has received his maiden Test call-up after impressing for India A. Despite the expectation of Avesh Khan being named as the backup pacer, the selectors have opted for Akash Deep. In the two unofficial Tests against England Lions, Akash Deep showcased his talent by picking up 11 wickets. With over 100 wickets in 29 first-class games, he brings a valuable addition to the Indian bowling attack.
As the BCCI announces the India squad for the final three Tests against England, the absence of Virat Kohli due to personal reasons is a significant development. The fitness clearance of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul remains uncertain, while Shreyas Iyer has been dropped from the squad. Bengal pacer Akash Deep’s maiden Test call-up adds a fresh dimension to the team. The upcoming Tests will test the depth and resilience of the Indian squad as they aim to maintain their dominance in the series.