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India vs England: RCB star replaces Virat Kohli in test squad for first two matches, according to report.

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The sudden withdrawal of Virat Kohli from the first two Tests against England stunned all fans. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli skipped the first two matches due to ‘personal reasons’. As the first Test begins on Thursday in Hyderabad, everyone is waiting to see who will replace India’s star batter in the squad. According to reports, Royal Challengers Bangalore star Rajat Patidar has been chosen to replace Kohli in the Indian squad for the first two matches.

Patidar has been vying for a spot on the national team for some time now, particularly after scoring 151 against the England Lions in Ahmedabad last week. He also scored 111 points in the Lions’ pre-season game. He has now been added to the squad, according to Cricbuzz.

Patidar was also present at the BCCI’s Naman Awards in Hyderabad on Tuesday. His selection indicates that the national selection committee is unwilling to give veterans such as Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane a second chance, while domestic stalwart Sarfaraz Khan must also wait.

Previously, former India opener Aakash Chopra stated that Rinku Singh could be a candidate to replace Kohli. Rinku is quickly establishing himself as one of India’s top finishers. However, he has yet to make his debut in the longest format.

Rinku’s talent, according to Chopra, is not limited to the white-ball format; he is also an excellent first-class cricketer.

What about Rinku Singh? He remained with the team in South Africa. He isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s not just a white ball player. It’s not just that he’s a Twenty20 player. Check his first-class numbers, and he is returning to play first-class cricket whenever he gets the chance,” Chopra stated on his YouTube channel.

The renowned commentator also suggested veteran India batter Cheteshwar Pujara as a replacement for Kohli, but added that the management may have moved on the 35-year-old batter.

“Cheteshwar Pujara is one of only four Indians to have scored over 20,000 first-class runs.” He recently scored a double century. Form is with him, and he has a solid Test record. He works hard and plays county cricket as well. He is a sincere cricketer. “In fact, I call him the monk of Indian cricket,” Chopra said.

“So you can choose him.” However, I believe India is not looking in that direction. They’ve already started looking in a different direction. Cheteshwar Pujara is a legitimate option, but do the Indian selectors consider him at all? That is the question we must ask and wonder,” he added.

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