Virat Kohli is not playing in the first ODI due to a niggle Rohit Sharma confirmed at the toss. It is no secret that Kohli has been going through the toughest phase of his career so far and with 4 straight low scores on the tour so far it was hoped that the batter will return to form in what is believed to be his best format.
But Kohli sustained an injury in the last T20I and that meant he was running against time to be available for the first game, not many wanted to believe that Kohli will sit out of the game as there was no official word from the Indian camp but during the toss, Rohit Sharma confirmed Virat is indeed sitting out.
Kohli’s difficulties in recent times have been thoroughly examined, and his thinking has been scrutinised to the point where previous players and coaches have urged him to take a break, which he has done in spades; credit where credit is due to the BCCI in this regard.
Virat Kohli’s Form In ODI Cricket Is Not That Bad
The forthcoming ODI series was supposed to be Kohli’s best opportunity to dispel claims that he is in decline and restore the sense of certainty that pervaded his batting and hundreds from 2015 to 2019 when he was at the top of his game. He has six half-centuries in his past 11 ODI innings, for the record. But those 50s have come at a below-par strike rate for a quality batter like Kohli and in the rest of his innings, he has not done well.
Social Media was abuzz with him missing out and they reacted and poured what they felt about the former India captain missing out from the game.
Here’s how twitter reacted to Virat Kohli missing out the first ODI vs England:
If someone has been delivering constantly for the last 10 years, you need to see that also. Virat kohli misses the match due to an injury was just an excuse to rule him out of the match and maybe series we don't know. BCCI, chulu bhar paani mein dub maro. #shameonBCCI #ViratKohli
— Kavya Sharma (@Kavy2507) July 12, 2022
By Dropping Kohli BCCI set up an example that nobody is above the game.. Even Sachin , Dravid , Sehwag, Ganguly And Dhoni Were Dropped When They Were Out Of Form #ViratKohli#INDvsENG#IndvsEngOnSonyTen
— Kabir (@kabirrockz) July 12, 2022
🚨 UPDATE: Virat Kohli and Arshdeep Singh were not considered for selection for the first ODI against England.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 12, 2022
Shame on bcci and ganguly they are doing politics with virat kohli , atleast he deserves to be 12th man of indian team😢 pic.twitter.com/A1huhbkug4
— Mufaddal vohra (@mufaddalvohhra) July 12, 2022
— Sam Brar (@SamBrar93032889) July 12, 2022
Finally #ViratKohli dropped for today's game. Should have happened much earlier but better late then never.
— Vikas Agarwal (@VikasAgarwalll) July 12, 2022
Virat Kohli and Arshdeep Singh were not considered for selection for the first ODI against England. pic.twitter.com/lXsfrButfu
— Sunil (@loginsunil) July 12, 2022
Get well soon @imVkohli ❤️
Play remain 2 ODIs ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vukoeNejiH
— Cheeku (@CNXVIRAT18) July 12, 2022
No @imVkohli so the interest in this odi will be less. Virat was providing context.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 12, 2022
Just kick out #Viratkohli
— Mount Everest (@MountEv78145640) July 12, 2022
Kohli dropped & good performance of Team India returns. Can't be a coincidence everytime. #ENGvIND
— S̶c̶a̶r̶ (@4racs) July 12, 2022
Without Kohli. It's waste of watching match #ENGvIND
— VenuGopal Swamy (@Venu_Gopal1806) July 12, 2022