Discussions about Virat Kohli’s absence from the Test series do not appear to be over. With expert cricketers fans having mixed reactions about the same, now Sunil Gavaskar has stated that there are two players who will need to take on additional responsibilities.
Virat Kohli will only play the first of four test matches and the Indian captain is expected to return home after leading the team to the Adelaide test, to witness the birth of his first child.
While reports suggest vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane would take charge of match recall, some cricket pundits believe a team without Kohli could lose grip on the trophy.
Hitter legend Sunil Gavaskar believes Rahane, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, will need to take on additional responsibilities
“Indian players tend to improve their game when he’s not around. They understand that they have to make up for his absence. It’s going to be tough for Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. These two players have to beat out of their skin. Rahane aa sometimes ruled India and would be responsible for it, “Gavaskar told the India time.
Pujara, who was named man of the series when India beat Australia 2-1 in 2018-19, should be allowed to play his natural game, Gavaskar said.
“That’s what got him here. You don’t change a player’s ability or natural temperament,” said Gavaskar, who was the first hitter to score 10,000 tries. No one should be telling Pujara how to get points while he’s doing it. The races and the hundreds. If he is even quieter and no pressure is exerted on him, it will work in India’s favor. He’s so stable, the others can score around him and play shots, ”Gavaskar said.