Former India skipper Virat Kohli was rested for the first two Tests of the ongoing series against England. In the first game, the team lost by 28 runs but made a comeback in the second Test with a 106-run win. Between the second and third games, there will be a gap of more than a week, i.e. next Thursday.
Meanwhile, after the second Test, India head coach Rahul Dravid was asked about the availability of Kohli. The former said that it is better to ask the selectors. Notably, India's squad for the next three Tests is yet to be announced.
"I think it's best to ask the selectors. I am sure they are the best people to answer ahead of the team selection for the next three Tests. We will get to that. I am sure there will be selection over the next few days. We will connect with him and find out," Rahul Dravid said at the post-match press conference.
Ahead of the series, the Indian Cricket Board urged to fans to "respect Virat Kohli's privacy during this time and refrain from speculating on the nature of his personal reasons".
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Kohli's former Royal Challengers Bangalore recently revealed that the two-time World Events winner is about to become father for the second time in his life.
"So I wrote to him 'Been wanting to check in with you for a while now biscuits. How are you?'. He said 'Just need to be with my family right now'. Then I said I am doing well.
"Yes, his second child is on the way. Yes, it's family time and things are important to him. If you are not true and genuine to yourself, you lose track of what you are here for. I think most people's priority is family. You can't judge Virat for that. Yes, we miss him, but he has made the right decision," he added.