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| On Feb 20, 2022 6:18 PM IST

IND vs WI: Why is Virat Kohli Not Playing Today?


Virat not playing IND vs WI: In an important news update, Virat Kohli is not playing the India vs West Indies third and final T20I encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. India registered an excellent 8-run victory against West Indies in a high-pressure contest on Friday during the 2nd T20I to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match T20I series. The Rohit Sharma-led side has won all of the five games so far in this white-ball home series against the Windies team including the 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series.

IND vs WI: Why is Virat Kohli Not Playing Today?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already released Virat Kohli from the India bio-bubble and has been given a break for this 3rd T20I match against West Indies. Both Kohli and Rishabh Pant will not be available for this final game against the Men in Maroon and also the subsequent three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka at home. For the final game against West Indies, India have made as many as four changes with Avesh Khan, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been included in the playing 11.

Related: Avesh Khan DEBUT in India vs West Indies 3rd T20I – WATCH

India Playing 11 (Confirmed)
Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ishan Kishan
Rohit Sharma

Suryakumar Yadav
Shreyas Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer
Harshal Patel
Shardul Thakur

Deepak Chahar
Ravi Bishnoi
Avesh Khan

Related: India Squad for Sri Lanka T20I, Test Series

India vs West Indies 3rd T20I

While playing the last game in this India tour, the visiting West Indies team has also decided to give opportunities to the players who are yet to get a game. The likes of Dominic Drakes, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh and Shai Hope have been slotted into the playing XI for this 3rd IND vs WI T20I game. Brandon King, Sheldon Cottrell, Odean Smith and Akeal Hosein are not playing today.

Related: Rishabh Pant HELICOPTER SHOT in 2nd T20I – WATCH

West Indies Playing 11 (Confirmed)
Shai Hope
Kyle Mayers

Nicholas Pooran
Rovman Powell

Kieron Pollard
Roston Chase
Romario Shepherd
Jason Holder

Dominic Drakes
Fabian Allen
Hayden Walsh

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Kuljyot Singh

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