The Indian captain Virat Kohli might miss the last 3 Test matches against Australia. Earlier it was assumed that Kohli will only miss two Tests as he is expecting the birth of his first child in January. Now reports hint that Kohli himself has written to the BCCI that he may miss as many as 3 Test matches.
Virat Kohli Might Not Be Available For 3 Tests
On the other hand, the suspense regarding Rohit Sharma’s participation in the Australian tour also continues. It is now believed that Rohit will not travel with Team India to Australia unless he passes the mandatory fitness Test. The BCCI is keen to have Rohit available for the Test series as the Indian team will be without the services of Kohli in 3 Tests.
Rohit Sharma Will Have To Clear The Fitness Test
The Indian tour of Australia will kick off on November 27 with the ODI series at Sydney. Kohli is expected to play the entire ODI and T20I series which will be conducted in November and December. Kohli and his wife Anushka are expecting their first baby to arrive in January hence Kohli has now written to the board that he might not be available during last 3 Test matches.
“Rohit won’t travel to Australia unless he clears a fitness Test conducted by Team India physio Nitin Patel. Unless Patel and the National Cricket Academy declare him fit, Rohit is not going to Australia”, a source close to the BCCI said to the Times of India
“However, we’re keen to see that Rohit is fit in time for the Test series, considering that Virat has written to the Board that he may miss as many as three Tests due to personal reasons,” the source added
Meanwhile, nothing is confirmed yet but reports recommend that team India will be without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma during the Test series which will be a massive blow. The 4 match series will kick off on December 17 with a day-night Test at Adelaide.
Then the traditional boxing day Test at Melbourne is expected to be played on 26 December. Sydney will host the new year’s Test in January and the tour will be concluded at Brisbane with the final Test beginning on January 15.