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Virat Kohli to Sit Out Third Test Against England, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja Poised for Comeback

Indian team management contemplates Jasprit Bumrah's inclusion for Rajkot Test

In a twist of events for the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is set to extend his absence from the ongoing Test series against England, missing the third Test scheduled to begin in Rajkot on February 15. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee is poised to virtually convene on Thursday to finalize the squad for the remaining matches, with indications that Kohli will not feature. The five-match Test series currently stands level at 1-1.

Having skipped the first two Tests due to personal reasons, Kohli’s return remains uncertain as he is yet to communicate his availability for the upcoming match. The BCCI is expected to choose a squad without the former captain and will include him whenever he makes himself available.

A BCCI official stated, “Virat will decide when he wants to make a comeback to the Indian side. He hasn’t informed us till now but whenever he decides to play, he will be included in the team.”

Kohli had previously communicated his need for a break just days before the series commenced, citing personal situations that demanded his attention. The BCCI, respecting his decision, extended support to the star batter.

As the Indian players prepare for the third Test at Rajkot on February 11, the squad is likely to witness the return of KL Rahul, who missed the Visakhapatnam Test due to a quad strain. Additionally, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, recovering from a hamstring injury, is expected to be available for play on his home ground.

A noteworthy decision lies with Jasprit Bumrah, as the team management has given the fast bowler the authority to decide on his participation in the upcoming Test. With over 10 days’ rest before the Rajkot Test, the medical team will present a workload management report to the selection committee, who will consider Bumrah’s input before making the final call on his inclusion. The anticipation builds as the Indian team gears up for a crucial match in the series against England.

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