"It's a shame" - Former England pacer expresses disappointment over Virat Kohli's absence

Former India skipper Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the ongoing India vs England 2024 Test series consisting of five games and is currently leveled 1-1.

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Former India skipper Virat Kohli is missing his first-ever home series, after making his debut way back in 2008. Ahead of the ongoing India vs England 2024 Test series, he was granted leave for the first two games due to personal reasons. However, Kohli was expected to play in the rest of the series. To the surprise or the lack of it, the former India skipper has been ruled out for the rest of the series too.

At this point, the series is leveled 1-1 and the series will resume on Thursday this week in Rajkot. Meanwhile, ahead of the third Test, former England pacer Stuart Broad has said that its a shame that the Delhi player isn't part of the series. The former added that Kohli's passion, fire, etc will be missing but personal matters come as the priority. Broad also mentioned that it's an opportunity for a young player to do well.

"It's a shame for the series that he will be missing but India have won the last Test. Kohli is such a quality player, his passion, his fire, but obviously, personal matters always take precedence. But it gives a great opportunity to young players also. So someone in the Indian batting line-up will stand up at some stage," Broad told IANS.

Bazball is a mentality that is driving the game forward: Stuart Broad

The T20 World Cup 2010 winner further added that he loves the concept of Bazball. In the last part of his career, he played when the team started playing with this menthod under the coaching of Brendon McCullum.

"I love it. The series is one-all (1-1) at the moment, but I think Bazball has proven that it can work in every country. I think Hyderabad's performance is the most impressive performance of the England team. We won in Pakistan 3-0, we played well in New Zealand. So Bazball is a mentality that is driving the game forward", the 37-year-old concluded. 

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