WI vs IND 3rd ODI: Why is Virat Kohli Not Playing Today’s West Indies vs India Match?

Updated on: Aug 1, 2023 6:52 pm IST

Virat cover drive

In a surprising turn of events, Indian cricket fans were left in awe when they noticed the absence of Virat Kohli, the team’s star batsman, from the playing 11 in the third and decisive One Day International (ODI) match against West Indies. The high-stakes match, taking place at the iconic Brian Lara Stadium, has now become the center of attention with speculations surrounding Kohli’s absence.

During a post-toss interview, Hardik Pandya, who is leading the Indian side in Rohit Sharma’s absence, shed light on the matter and confirmed two changes in the team’s lineup. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Jaydev Unadkat were included in the playing 11, replacing Umran Malik and Axar Patel, respectively. When questioned about the decision to stick to the same combination, Pandya explained that the team management wants the players to feel the pressure and perform under challenging situations, especially in the crucial series decider.

Virat Kohli’s absence has undoubtedly raised eyebrows among fans and cricket enthusiasts, as he is known for his exceptional batting skills and leadership prowess. While his non-inclusion in the lineup may have surprised many, it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and showcase their talent on the grand stage.

As the match progresses, all eyes will be on the Indian team as they aim to secure victory and claim the ODI series against West Indies. With a thrilling encounter expected at the historic Brian Lara Stadium, cricket fans are eagerly waiting to see how the team performs in Kohli’s absence and whether the new combination can rise to the occasion and bring glory to India. The series decider promises to be an intense battle, and fans can expect nothing short of excitement and drama on the field.

Ind Playing 11

Ishan Kishan(wk), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar

Bench: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Umran Malik

WI vs IND T20I Schedule

Date Match Venue Time
Aug 03 West Indies vs India, 1st T20I Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad 8:00 PM
Aug 06 West Indies vs India, 2nd T20I Providence Stadium, Guyana 8:00 PM
Aug 08 West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I Providence Stadium, Guyana 8:00 PM
Aug 12 West Indies vs India, 4th T20I Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida 8:00 PM
Aug 13 West Indies vs India, 5th T20I Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida 8:00 PM

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