IND vs ENG 2024: Vikas Kohli breaks silence about constant speculation over Virat Kohli’s absence

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli's brother Vikas Kohli states the reason behind the absence of India's star batter from the first two IND vs ENG 2024 matches.

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Vikas Kohli, the older brother of Virat Kohli has finally broken his silence on Virat Kohli’s absence. The former India skipper pulled out of the first Two Tests vs England at the very last moment. 

It was speculated in the social media, that Kohli’s mother isn’t well. Many wondered about the severity of the issue that caused Virat Kohli to miss such a huge series. KL Rahul batted at number four in the absence of the former India skipper. 

In a strange turn of events, KL Rahul himself is now injured and will not play the second Test. The 31-year-old has got some issue with his quadriceps which was reported on Monday. Ravindra Jadeja is the other player who is set to miss the Vizag Test starting on Friday. 

Vikas Kohli puts all rumors to rest- 

Taking to social media, Vikas Kohli the older brother of Indian batter Virat Kohli put the rumors mills to rest. “Hello Everyone! I have noticed that there is this fake news about our mom’s health been circulating around. Let me clear that our mom is absolutely fit and fine. Also, I would like to request everyone, and also the media, not to spread such news without proper information. Thanks, everyone for your concern”


Just after the news of Virat Kohli skipping the first two Tests came to the fore, the Indian Cricket Board put out a statement. “Mr. Virat Kohli has requested the Indian Board to be withdrawn from the first two Tests of the upcoming Test series against England, citing personal reasons”

Meanwhile, former England batter Geoff Boycott has slammed India skipper Rohit Sharma. The 83-year-old wrote in the Telegraph “India badly miss Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja has a hamstring injury and will not play the second Test. Their Captain Rohit Sharma is nearly 37 and past his best. He makes pretty cameos but has scored only two centuries at home in nearly four years. They are also weak in the field. They dropped Ollie Pope and that cost them 86 runs. it lost them the match”

It will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma responds to this jibe from Geoff Boycott. The last time Rohit Sharma played a Test in Visakhapatnam, was the first time he opened batting in Test cricket. The right-handed batter scored 176 and 127 against South Africa to help India win the match.  

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