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“If Virat discusses…,” problems with AB de Villiers “friendship too important” comment after Kohli’s brief departure

<p>Against Bazball-bound England, Rohit Sharma’s Team India will try to break their Test home record without Virat Kohli. The first Test of the five-match series between India and England will take place on Thursday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Kohli decided not to play in the first two Test matches against England on Monday, after his comeback to the T20 World Cup in the shorter format.</p>
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<p>Due to personal matters, the former captain of India is not accessible. The legendary batsman, Virat Kohli, spoke with team manager Rohit Sharma and others about his choice. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the statement made in the run-up to the series, expressing their support for the experienced Indian hitter. The renowned South African cricketer AB de Villiers stated he would soon discover the precise reason for Kohli’s temporary exclusion from the Test squad while sharing a video on YouTube on the Test series between the two sides.</p>
<p><strong>“I value Kohli’s friendship too much.”</strong><br />
The iconic player for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will, however, keep quiet about Kohli’s choice in public due to his close relationship with the renowned batsman. “To date, nobody is aware of what has occurred. We will undoubtedly meet soon. There has to be a very compelling cause for Virat to speak about personal reasons. Perhaps he’s also exhausted. He’s been keeping busy with cricket. Perhaps family matters. I won’t tell you people, but I will find out shortly. I value our relationship too much,” De Villiers said.</p>
<p><strong>Is Bazball functional in India?</strong><br />
Kohli has been replaced in India’s lineup for the first two Test matches against England by RCB batsman Rajat Patidar. In the longest format, Patidar is uncapped. But in December, the star hitter played his first One Day International (ODI) match against South Africa. Former RCB great De Villiers spoke candidly about the Test series and England’s Bazball approach to playing the longest format. According to De Villiers, Ben Stokes and company may benefit from England’s aggressive style on Indian wickets.</p>
<p>India lost a Test series at home for the first time in the 2012–2013 campaign. When the tourists last visited the Asian giants, India beat England. “I think aggressive cricket, like Bazball, would be quite effective in Indian conditions. It functions in any challenging environment. Who scored in the Newlands with the ball bouncing around? A few Indian hitters led by Aiden Markram attacked the opponents. Conservative players often have difficulty, according to De Villiers.</p>