Ever since BCCI granted a paternity leave to India skipper Virat Kohli, there was numerous concerns over who will be India’s No.4 after the first Test match at Adelaide. Kohli will be unavailable for the final three Tests as he’s going to be with his Anushka Sharma for the birth of first child. While there’s no doubt that it’s going to create a immense void in India’s batting line-up, experts and former cricketers agreed in unison that the Indian board did the right kind object.
Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning captain Allan Border, alternatively had an interesting take on all of the episode, saying that Kohli could have thought to be the option of having his newborn baby in Australia, instead of India.
“We were thinking he might take into consideration having his newborn baby here because we will claim his offspring as Australian,” Border jokingly said right through a media interplay.
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When explaining things with all seriousness, Border said Kohli’s unavailability will be a big loss for India as the right-hander is ‘irreplaceable’ these days. “The one object that is in Australia’s favour is Virat Kohli playing only the first Test. I think that may be a big OUT for India. He’s irreplaceable these days as a batsman and a leader. Must be 2-1 to Australia,” Border said.
Terming Kohli ‘a special player’, Border said he leads the positive brand of cricket that India now play all over the place the world.
“Look, I love the way he plays his game; he wears his heart on his sleeve. I like his aggression and ardour for the game. India as a team will overlook that. He’s a special player, has serious talent and is a part of this new India — that’s the way I look at it. The way India play the contemporary game, they have got a very positive mindset, and Virat has led the way very polite in those areas. I am a big fan,” said Border.
India will be playing three ODIs – starting from November 27 in Sydney – and as many T20Is before the four-match Test series starts from December 17. Kohli will be to be had for limited overs leg and the first Test at Adelaide, which will also mark the first day-night affair between the two sides.