Virat Kohli flies home due to family emergency, Ruturaj Gaikwad ruled out from Test series | REPORT

Image Source : GETTY Virat Kohli and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Former Indian captain Virat Kohli has reportedly flown back home for some family emergency. The star batter is set to feature in India’s two-match Test series against South Africa, which begins on December 26. Moreover, star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has been ruled out of the series.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, Kohli left for Mumbai some three days ago and had obtained permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Indian team management. Kohli had to miss the three-day intra-squad game in Pretoria. The specific details of the emergency are not confirmed, the report added. Kohli is expected to return back to South Africa on Friday (December 22).

Gaikwad second Indian to miss Test series

Notably, after Mohammed Shami, India have been dealt with another blow as Ruturaj Gaikwad has reportedly been ruled out due to a finger injury. Gaikwad got injured during the second ODI of the just-concluded three-match series. He was not picked for the series decider as Rajat Patidar replaced him in the Playing XI. The Indian board had informed about Gaikwad’s fitness ahead of the third ODI game. “(He) hasn’t fully recovered from the blow he sustained to his ring finger while fielding in the second ODI. He remains under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.” 

Earlier Shami was ruled out from the red-ball games as the medical team had not given him clearance. It was earlier learnt that Shami was recuperating from an ankle issue after the ODI World Cup 2023. 

India recently took part in a three-day Intra-squad match. Several players showed their brilliance. The likes of Sarfaraz Khan, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur had a good outing in the game. 

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