Ahead of the five-match Test series against England, Team India dealt a major blow when key batter Virat Kohli got ruled out of the first two Test matches. The batter opted out of the matches citing personal reasons.
It’s not hidden that Kohli forms a vital part of the batting unit. However, the Men in Blue are blessed with unparalleled talents coming consistently through the ranks. Hence, the management would want to test the bench strength in the absence of the stalwart batter.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at three names who can walk into the Indian squad as a cover for Virat Kohli:
1) Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara is the name that comes closest to Virat Kohli in the longest format. He is also the most experienced one on the list and a true potential replacement for the much-anticipated series.
Pujara played his last Test match last year against Australia. After a dismal performance, he was dropped from the side and since then, the selectors kept him outside, indicating a change in the approach.
However, the 35-year-old has been in terrific form in first-class cricket. The management can consider bringing him in as he can hold the batting unit and contribute significantly to the team’s success.