Since the news of Indian skipper Virat Kohli was not present for every test match against Australia made the rounds, fans and cricket pundits have all had mixed reviews of the same.
BCCI granted Kohli paternity leave in December, which meant he will only play the first test and miss the remaining test matches.
While Kohli’s absence will surely have an effect on the squad, many have dubbed it as a necessary gesture for the skipper to be with his family, but many also wonder how the Indian batting order will behave in his absence.
Speaking of the same, former Australian captain Ian Chappell believes Kohli’s absence will leave a big hole in India’s batting order.
“India also faces a selection dilemma when skipper Virat Kohli leaves for home for the birth of his first child after the opening test. It both creates a big hole in India’s batting order. and an opportunity for one of their talented young players to make a name for himself, ”Chappell wrote in his column on The Bharat Express News.
Chappell also pointed out the confusion over the first pair in the Australian camp. “Speaking of confusion, I was taken aback by the Australian coach’s summons to choose between incumbent Joe Burns and rising star Will Pucovski for the position of opening partner of David Warner,” Chappell wrote.
“If no one else is fighting for the job, Burns retains his place. However, Pucovski has been knocking on the door for a while now – which Langer longs for. Pucovski took a hammer to the entrance by doing six centuries at the level. of the shield, three doubles, two of those double hundreds have come this season. He has indeed proven himself to be good enough at this level, so it’s time to see if he can pull it off in the testing arena. ” , he added.
“What was already shaping up to be an exciting brawl now has the added stimulus of crucial selection decisions. The result may well come down to who is the bravest of selectors, ”concluded the former Australian cricketer.