‘They’re big players’: Harbhajan Singh names two batsmen who can get up in Virat Kohli’s absence in Australia Tests – cricket


Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes one of the best ways for the Indian cricket team to take care of Virat Kohli’s absence after the first Test against Australia is to omit approximately it. Kohli’s departure from Australia after the day-night Test in Adelaide is a blow for India not only as a result of his batting but because of the effect he has on his players on the field.

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And while his absence is certain to have an have an effect on someway or the other, by no means does it be sure that India cannot repeat their success in Australia from two years ago, remarks Harbhajan.

“Virat Kohli is coming back after the first Test but this open the window of possibility for someone like KL Rahul, who is coming back in the Test team. Virat Kohli is a large player and he has scored runs whenever he has toured Australia, his absence will be missed but this is a chance for players to step in,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.

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With Kohli’s departure, it is likely that vice-captain of the team, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team. And so far as batting is concerned, Harbhajan feels the truth that the Indian batting line-up is stacked with high-calibre players who are proven match-winners, must cover up for Kohli’s absence. Harbhajan backed players like Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul to get up and lead India’s batting.

All through India’s preceding tour of Australia Pujara was once the rock that stood in front of Australia, scoring 521 runs. Rahul’s record in Tests has been a bit off colour in his preceding series but the truth that he’s coming off a solid IPL, where he bagged the Orange Cap, coupled with a fine run in limited-overs international for India, must help his confidence Down Under.

“Virat Kohli’s absence must be seen in this manner. KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara are big players and they’ve an possibility to prove themselves. I think Team India has it in them but the truth that Virat Kohli is there or not must be forgotten. The team must just take into account that they’re in Australia to win and repeat what they did the final time,” Harbhajan said.

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