Virat Kohli was the biggest absence from Team India’s T20I squad that was announced by the BCCI on Thursday for the upcoming series against West Indies.
India are scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is against West Indies. The tour will kickstart later this month. Kohli and his teammates are currently in England. The tour of England will end on July 17.
India’s tour of West Indies is scheduled to begin on July 22 with the ODI series. The tour will end with the fifth and final T20I on August 7 in Florida.
Fans react as Virat Kohli is not named in squad:
Virat Kohli won’t be a part of the tour of West Indies. Earlier this month, he along with several other key players like Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the ODI series too.
And while he was expected to be a part of the T20I side, the selectors have decided otherwise. Not only Kohli but Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal have also been rested too.
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But unlike Bumrah or Chahal, Kohli has failed to deliver in recent times and has also been rested for numerous games. He was rested for the five-match home T20I series against South Africa last month.
Kohli was also rested for the first T20I against England earlier this month since he was a part of the Test team. Earlier this week, he missed the first ODI against England too due to a niggle.
And while media reports have suggested that Kohli has been rested and not dropped, the fans believe otherwise. As soon as the squad was announced, several fans took to Twitter to react to the news.
Many claimed that Kohli is being slowly pushed out of the T20I team. Some of the fans even said that Kohli won’t be a part of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Here are some of the reactions to Virat Kohli’s absence in India’s T20I team:
— Professor ngl राजा बाबू 🥳🌈 (@GaurangBhardwa1) July 14, 2022
— Ujwal Reddy (@HumanTsunaME) July 14, 2022
— Rithik RAJPUROHIT (@RithikKartani) July 14, 2022
Virat again missing 🥺😔 https://t.co/aGze89e7sD
— Shriyanshu Keshari (@Shriyanshu_07) July 14, 2022
— 🦂M.பொன்ராஜ். 🦂 *VIRAT* *SURIYA* (@PonrajM_offl) July 14, 2022
Rohit really lied through his teeth about “backing” and y’all did long ass appreciation threads on him ffs I’m so done. And what on actual earth is Ashwin doing here? https://t.co/Sdcf3hzizl
— an | crying (@dukhdardpeedha) July 14, 2022
— Sandy AK🕶️ (@DhoniAK2) July 14, 2022
— 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢 (@Naman_Solanki_3) July 14, 2022
Rohit plan is to go to WC without Kohli ~ Ok Let’s see what this team capable off https://t.co/440xKOMqFy
— sєℓғɪsʜ εиɢίηᴇᴇя (@SeLFiShEnGiNeeR) July 14, 2022