Kohli Opts Out, Iyer Ruled Out: Major Blows Rock India's Test Hopes Against England

Kohli and Iyer Ruled Out

Kohli opted out and Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the reaming test series against England, check their replacement

Ashwani Saini Feb. 10, 2024

The highly anticipated India vs England Test series has taken a dramatic turn with two key players ruled out of the remaining matches. Former captain Virat Kohli has reportedly opted out due to personal reasons, while rising star Shreyas Iyer suffers a back and groin injury, leaving a significant void in the Indian batting line-up.

Fans Shocked in Absence of Kohli

Kohli's absence, even if temporary, comes as a shock to Indian fans. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, his experience and leadership were crucial for India's chances in this crucial series. While the exact reason for his withdrawal remains undisclosed, speculations range from workloads to prioritizing family matters.

Shreyas Iyer Injury Adds Concern in The Middle-Order

Iyer's injury adds another layer of concern. Emerging as a vital cog in the middle order, his elegant strokeplay and adaptability offered promise. His absence leaves a gap at number five, a position India has recently struggled to solidify. These blows compound the team's woes, with KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja already sidelined due to injuries.

India Squad For Last 3 Test

Rohit Sharma(C), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel, KS Bharat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep.

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are still injured but there are certain chances of them getting fit for the 3rd Test. With England holding the upper hand after the first Test, India's task becomes even tougher. The team management faces a selection dilemma, needing to find the right balance between experience and emerging talent. The remaining three Tests in Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala will be a test of character and resilience for the Indian team.