India on cusp of unwanted history ahead of first Test vs England in Hyderabad

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Virat Kohli on Monday announced his pulling out of the first two Tests versus England. The former India skipper has pulled out due to personal reasons as revealed by the Indian board. 

For the first time in over a dozen years, team India will be without their three veteran batters. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara have been the cornerstone of Indian batting for over a dozen years. 

As the first ball will be bowled on Thursday, Team India will embark on a journey never seen before. Only Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be part of the batting unit with the most Test appearances for a batter. 

Wrong Kind of History for India – 

It is the start of the five-match Test series as the Indian Cricket Team takes on England on Thursday. Rohit Sharma will head into the game with a lot riding on his shoulders during the first two games. 

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane haven’t been picked for the first two Tests versus England. Virat Kohli has pulled out of the two games due to personal issues. The last time the three players hadn’t featured for India was in 2011. 

The Kolkata test vs West Indies under MS Dhoni saw none of the future superstars of India take part. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were on the bench along with Varun Aaron and Rahul Sharma. The Saurashtra man meanwhile wasn’t picked for the series as he was playing the Indian domestic matches. 

Team India had scored an imposing 631 runs on the board with three batters scoring centuries. Current India Coach Rahul Dravid had scored 119 runs, while VVS Laxman had scored 176 not out. MS Dhoni then left the visitors demoralized by scoring 144 off just 175 balls. 

Pragyan Ojha picked 4/64 while Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin shared wickets with the ball. The West Indians were bundled out for just 153 in the first innings with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 30. In the second innings, West Indies scored 463 runs in an improved effort. 

Darren Bravo yet again starred with the bat scoring 136 runs while Adrian Barath, Kirk Edwards, and Marlon Samuels scored half-centuries. Despite the tall efforts, the visitors lost the match by an innings and 15 runs and won the series 2-0. Umesh Yadav was the star in the second innings with four wickets with the ball. 

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