HTLS 2020: ‘Sunil Gavaskar has not seen his son for months’, Kapil Dev reacts to Virat Kohli’s paternity leave


India’s first game of their Australia tour is still a week away, but the entire tour has already made headlines, with the biggest being Virat Kohli’s paternity leave. The Indian captain will play ODI, T20I and the first test in Adelaide before returning with his wife Anushka Sharma, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child.

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Many former cricketers have backed Kohli’s appeal, although that means he won’t be fully in India’s defense of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev in a conversation with writer and sports reporter Ayaz Memon on day two of the 18th The Bharat Express News Leadership Summit weighed in on the question, welcomed the decision and said he was happy for Kohli for this new role. he is about to put on.

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“Don’t think we could afford to go and come back. That’s for sure. Sunil Gavaskar has not seen his son for several months. It was a different thing. Look, things are changing. If I’m talking about Kohli, when his father died he came back to play cricket the next day. Today he is taking time off for his baby. That’s good, you can afford it, ”Kapil said during a video conference speech at HTLS 2020.

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Kapil pointed out how different things were during his playing days and that modern cricket facilities grant today’s players privileges that he and his former teammates could never imagine.

“You can buy a plane and come back and come back in three days. I am happy and proud that today athletes have reached a level where they can do it. I’m happy for Virat. He comes back to see his family. I understand you have passion, but the greatest passion in that he has a baby, ”he said.

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