Nasser Hussain, former England captain, expressed support for Virat Kohli’s decision to prioritize his personal life, while acknowledging the significant impact of his absence on the Indian team. Hussain highlighted Kohli’s substantial contribution to cricket over his 15-year career and emphasized that any team would feel the loss of such a prominent batsman like Kohli in the lineup.
Nasser Hussain acknowledged Virat Kohli as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, emphasizing that any series or team would feel the absence of a player of Kohli’s caliber. He advocated for the importance of taking care of players like Kohli, who have dedicated over 15 years to international cricket, supporting Kohli’s decision to prioritize family time over the game. Despite the disappointment of missing out on anticipated matchups like Kohli versus Anderson, Hussain conveyed his best wishes to Kohli.
If Kohli continues to miss the third and fourth Tests, India will face a significant gap to fill in their batting lineup. Rajat Patidar, named as Kohli’s replacement, failed to seize the opportunity. Additionally, injuries sidelined KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja during the second Test.
Nasser Hussain believes that if Rahul recovers in time for the third Test, he could strengthen India’s batting depth. Despite Kohli’s absence, Hussain emphasized the importance of prioritizing Kohli’s family and private life. He acknowledged India’s talented young batters but highlighted Rahul’s recent outstanding performances across formats, suggesting that his return could bolster India’s batting lineup.
India also has the option to consider giving Sarfaraz Khan a Test debut, given his exceptional form in domestic cricket. With the third Test of the five-match series against England scheduled for February 15 in Rajkot, India will have to make crucial decisions regarding their lineup to address the void left by key players’ absences and injuries.