Fans React After Virat Kohli Was Not Included In Playing XI For 1st ODI Against England

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India will miss the services of one of their premier batsmen, Virat Kohli, in the first ODI against England on Tuesday due to a groin injury.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field, and also announced that Kohli won’t participate in this fixture at the Kennington Oval, London. Rohit also confirmed that Shreyas Iyer will bat at number 3 in place of Kohli.

Reports of Kohli’s injury had been surfacing from the day before the game. A report in PTI stated that Kohli had sustained a groin injury during the third T20I on Sunday at Trent Bridge.

Though the former captain made it to the ground on matchday along with the rest of the team, he wasn’t seen practising ahead of the toss and finally declared not fir for the encounter.

Virat Kohli scored only 12 runs in the two T20Is

The first ODI would have presented Kohli with a good opportunity to return to form amid a horror individual tour of England.

He had scored only 1 run in the second T20I, and then came out all guns blazing in the third T20I, smashing a four and a six to left-arm pacer David Willey, but played one shot too many and gave a catch to Jason Roy at cover, departing for 11 runs off 6 balls. He had managed scores of 11 and 20 in the Edgbaston Test earlier this month.

Reports | Virat Kohli likely to miss first ODI due to groin strain
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The seriousness of the injury is not clear yet and this has put his participation in the second and third ODI, scheduled for Thursday at Lord’s and Sunday at Old Trafford respectively, also in doubt.

Although Kohli’s Test and T20 form has been under a cloud, the 33-year-old has remained consistent in ODI cricket; despite the lack of a century, Kohli averages 39 in ODI cricket since the start of 2020 and has notched up 9 half-centuries in his last 18 ODI innings, including two in South Africa earlier this year.

Netizens on Twitter were left disappointed with the absence of Kohli, while some fans have developed a conspiracy theory that Kohli has been dropped but the management cannot let the fans know it and hence stated an injury excuse.

Here are some of the reactions of fans on Kohli being ruled out from the first ODI:

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