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"I Don't Know What More A Man Can Do To Prove Himself": Steyn On Virat Kohli's Absence From Cricket

11:55 AM Feb 10, 2024 IST | 8PM News Desk
 i don t know what more a man can do to prove himself   steyn on virat kohli s absence from cricket

New Delhi [India] : South Africa legendary seamer Dale Steyn asserted on Friday that "family is your most important priority" as star India batter Virat Kohli is away from the game as India plays England at home in a five-match series due to personal reasons. 

Earlier, Virat had withdrawn from the first two Tests due to personal reasons. Now, with the squad for the final three Tests issued on Saturday morning by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Virat's absence has extended to the entire series. 

The 40-year-old stated that if Virat is decided to sit back and spend some valuable time with the family then he does not see any problem in that. 

"Family is your most important priority. Sorry, that's it. That's the end of the story right there. I've got three dogs and when one of them got sick, I was out of the IPL. I was jumping on the plane out of there to come back and see my dog. If Virat Kohli has decided to sit back home because he wants to be with his wife if he's going to have his second child, I don't see any problem with that," Steyn said during an interaction with media ahead of the SA20 final between Durban Super Giants and Sunrisers Eastern Cape. 

Steyn further said that the 35-year-old has served the country for a long time now. He also said that the right-hand batter has done all the things that a cricketer can do for his country and questioned what else Virat has to do now to prove himself. 

"He has been a servant of India for many years. He's won a World Cup; he's captained with success. I don't know what more a man can do to prove himself in the cricketing world," the former pacer added. 

Virat was last in action during the T20I series against Afghanistan last month, in which he scored a quickfire 29 and a golden duck in two matches he played.

India's batting talisman is set to miss the third, fourth and fifth Test matches against England in Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamshala. 

"Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr Kohli's decision," said a statement from the Indian Cricket Board issued on Saturday. 

India's updated squad for last three Tests vs England: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep. 

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