With Virat Kohli taking paternity leave in the middle of the India-Australia test run, both sides are sure to miss the Indian skipper on the pitch.
However, former Australian skipper Allan Border, who so far holds the record of over 150 points in two rounds of a test match, had a suggestion for the Indian captain. “We thought he might be thinking about having his newborn here because we can claim his offspring as Australian,” Border said jokingly during a media interaction.
But on a serious note, Border said with Kohli missing the action it would be the right opportunity for Australia. “The only thing that is in Australia’s favor is that Virat Kohli is only playing the first Test. I think it’s a big OUT for India. He is irreplaceable at the moment as a drummer and leader. Should be 2-1 against Australia, “said Border.
“Look, I love the way he plays his game; he wears his heart on his sleeve. I love his aggression and his passion for the game. India as a team is going to miss that. special player, has serious talent and is part of this new India – that’s my way of looking at it. The way India plays the modern game, they have a very positive mindset, and Virat has a very well shown the way in these areas. I’m a big fan, “said Border.
As for the ODI Down Under series, KL Rahul will be Virat Kohli’s deputy in the white ball game as regular vice-captain Rohit recovers from a hamstring injury suffered in the Indian Premier League ( IPL).
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