Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s star batsman Virat Kohli is most likely to miss the upcoming fourth Test of the five-match rubber against England in Ranchi on February 23.

Meanwhile, promising batter Shubman Gill openly acknowledged the significant impact of Kohli’s absence on Team India during the ongoing Test series against the visitors. He expressed on the challenges posed by Kohli’s withdrawal.

“Virat Kohli’s absence affects every team, but players who have got an opportunity in his absence have done really well,” Gill stated during the press conference.

However, Gill emphasized the broader implications of Kohli’s absence from the team, acknowledging the opportunities it has created for other players. 

With KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja sidelined due to injuries, the series has seen the emergence of new talents like Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, and Dhruv Jurel, all making their debut.

Moreover, in another setback, premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the fourth Test after playing a crucial role in the series with 17 wickets in three Tests. 

Gill’s candid remarks provide insights into the challenges faced by Team India in Kohli’s absence, the emergence of new talents, and the ongoing adjustments within the team combination.