Indian cricket’s batting sensation and captain, Virat Kohli, was notably absent from the Indian cricket team’s journey to Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, October 1. According to reports, Kohli had sought permission from the team management to fly back to Mumbai due to a family emergency.
A source within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed Kohli’s temporary departure, stating, “Virat went to Mumbai for personal reasons, and he will rejoin the team soon.” A spokesman for the team also corroborated this information, as reported by Cricbuzz.
Expected Return Ahead of Warm-Up Game
Virat Kohli is expected to rejoin the Indian cricket team in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. India is scheduled to play their second and final warm-up game against the Netherlands on Tuesday. The team’s first warm-up match against England had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Guwahati.
The wet weather conditions in Thiruvananthapuram have raised concerns about the possibility of play in the upcoming warm-up game against the Netherlands. Rain has already disrupted two warm-up fixtures in the city. However, the Indian team is planning to have an optional practice session on Monday, contingent on the weather conditions.
Team India’s Optional Practice Session
As per the team’s spokesman, “Team India will have an optional training session from 2 PM onwards at the KCA – St Xavier’s College Cricket Ground, Thiruvananthapuram, weather permitting.” This practice session will provide an opportunity for the players to fine-tune their skills and preparations ahead of the World Cup.
Virat Kohli’s temporary absence underscores the balance between professional commitments and personal responsibilities for cricketers. As the Indian cricket team prepares for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Kohli’s expected return in Thiruvananthapuram will boost the team’s morale and readiness for the upcoming tournament.