Nasser Hussain has warned England that Virat Kohli’s return will boost India’s cja© AFP

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has urged the Ben Stokes-led side to up their game for the remainder of their five-match Test series against India. Despite missing key players like Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul among others, India levelled the series after registering a 106-run win in the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Hussain feels are India are likely to as more qustions from England in the remainder of the series, if Kohli and others return to the fray.

Kohli missed the first two games due to personal reason. Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers that Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their second child.

“It is set up perfectly, with three Tests to play. I think it will be a tight series but England are going to have to expect India to come back even harder. India have missed quite a few key players so far,” Hussain said as quoted from Sky Sports.

“Mohammad Shami, I think, is out for the series, Ravi Jadeja could well be out for another Test match and Virat Kohli has been out of the first two. We are talking about some serious cricketers there. Kohli may well come back in, KL Rahul also, so I would expect a stronger Indian side in those last three games of the series. England will know that they’re going to have to up their game,” he added.

Speaking on Kohli availability for the third Test, India head coach Rahul Dravid said that the selectors will have a word him soon regarding the same.

“I think it’s best to ask the selectors. I am sure they are the best people to answer ahead of the team selection for the next three Tests. We will get to that. I am sure there will be selection over the next few days. We will connect with him and find out,” Dravid had said after the second Test.

The third Test will be played from February 16 in Rajkot.


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