Team India head coach Rahul Dravid shared that the selectors would be the best ones to answer whether Virat Kohli will be available for the third Test against England as well. Notably, Kohli was added to the Indian team for the first two Tests against England. However, he later on pulled out of the matches citing personal reasons. In his absence, India lost the first Test by 28 runs in Hyderabad before bouncing back to win the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs.
“I think it’s best to ask the selectors, once the team will be selected for the next three games. I am sure they are the best people to answer. We’ll get to that. I am sure there will be a selection over the next few days. We’ll connect with him and find out,” the Indian coach said.
Meanwhile, there has been plenty of uncertainty about Virat Kohli’s availability for the third Test. News agency PTI quoted a BCCI official as saying that ‘Virat will only play if he feels that he is in a position to play’. On the other hand, former South African captain and Kohli’s good friend, AB de Villiers, recently opened up on Virat Kohli’s absence from the ongoing Test series against England.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said, “All I know is he is fine. He is spending a bit of time with his family that is the reason he is missing the first two Test matches. I am not going to confirm anything else. I cannot wait to see him back. He is fine, he is happy. Yes, his second child is on the way. 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 absolutely the right decision.”