Nair replaces Virat Kohli

Nair replaces Virat Kohli

Kohli will represent Surrey in June after signing a one-month contract with the English county side to prepare for the Test series against England later this year. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are playing for Yorkshire and Sussex respectively, will however be part of the one-off fixture in Bengaluru.

India will then play England in three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T-20Is and five Tests, with a chance to exact some revenge after their failures in the 2014 tour, where despite taking the lead at Lords in the five-match Test series India succumbed to a 3-1 bashing. But, if the BCCI believes that the primacy of Test cricket is worth preserving, then they have a amusing way of showing it, allowing their captain to acclimatise elsewhere.

Clarke, however, endorsed Kohli's idea of playing County cricket ahead of the tour of England. "I can understand why they are not wanting to play D-N Test matches". Nair has played six Test matches, scoring 374 runs, but after his 303 against England at Chennai, his sequence of scores read 26, 0, 23 and 5, leading to his exclusion. So what will serve the Indian team better?

Logic says it's the former, because Kohli not playing against Afghanistan is not likely to affect India's chances of winning the Test. Remember, India has never beaten Australia ever in Australia. As a result, the 29-year-old will miss the Afghanistan Test, which will start on June 14 in Bengaluru.

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MSK Prasad, Chairman of the Senior Selection Committee, echoed the sentiment, saying that Kohli was sitting out of the Afghanistan Test "for a good cause".

The bits on selection that seemed more intriguing were the fates of India's vice-captains.

India's selectors Tuesday said Ajinkya Rahane will captain the Indian side for the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan after regular skipper Virat Kohli opted to play for Surrey in county cricket.

So, leaving out Rahane from limited overs comes as a surprise as till recent, the Mumbaikar was propped up as a potential No. 4 batsman in the One-day internationals. After Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Afghanistan will become the fourth team to play their first Test against India. When that series began, the biggest question over the Indian ODI side was the No. 4 spot. "And basically, not for the shorter format but for the longer format", said Amitabh Choudhary, the Acting Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, at the time of the squad announcement. Rahul's luck with injuries has hurt him, but as he has shown in IPL 2018, he can be a white-ball force to reckon with.

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