Question: Why is Virat Kohli not playing against Australia?

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has called out his own country for allowing Virat Kohli to miss the remaining three Test matches in the Australia-India series to attend the birth of his first child while asking another player who is yet to meet his newborn daughter to serve as a net bowler.

Why is Kohli not playing against Australia?

India vs Australia: India captain Virat Kohli will only be playing the first Test of the four-match series against Australia as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. … Kohli also indicated plans to play in the Tour match.

Is Virat Kohli playing against Australia?

Virat Kohli, who led India to a historic Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, will return from the upcoming tour of Australia after the first Test in Adelaide, after being granted paternity leave by the BCCI. … He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide,” BCCI’s release stated.

Why did Virat Kohli return to Australia?

Key Highlights. Expectant father Virat Kohli boarded his flight back home from Australia on Tuesday after a pep talk with the rest of his teammates. Kohli is returning home on paternity leave to be with his wife Anushka Sharma and the rest of their family for the birth of his first child in January.

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Why did Virat Kohli return to India?

Kohli has confirmed he will return home for the birth of his and wife Anushka Sharma’s first child. The Covid-19 pandemic means that trip will sideline cricket’s biggest drawcard from the final three Tests of the four-Test series that begins at Adelaide Oval on 17 December.

Who will be captain after Virat Kohli in Australia?

Rahane will take over from Kohli from the 2nd Test — a Boxing Day fixture in Melbourne from December 26. Tendulkar pointed out that Rahane had led India twice in the past, including the series-deciding win over a Steve Smith-led Australian side in 2017 at home. “This is going to be slightly different.

Is Virat Kohli in Australia?

“Kohli has left Australia today morning. He had a word with the whole unit before leaving and the idea was to boost the confidence of the boys and keep them positive. He officially handed over the mantle of captaincy to Rahane and asked the team to keep showing intent and express themselves on the pitch.

How many tests miss Kohli?

It is to be noted that Kohli will miss three Tests in the upcoming series against Australia as he has been granted paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This means that Kohli will play in just the opening Test of the four-match series. “I think it’s the right decision he’s taking.

Is Virat Kohli injured?

Virat Kohli stays strong after his right-hand thumb gets injured off Mitchell Starc’s bouncer. Australian bowlers have been dominating on Day 1 of the first Test at Adelaide, with the attack being led by Mitchell Starc not letting Indian batsmen to score runs easily. … A short ball from Starc hit Kohli’s right hand.

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Why has Virat Kohli gone home?

“It has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” a BCCI statement said.

Is Kohli back to India?

Kohli will fly back to India after the conclusion of the first Test match between India and Australia, in Adelaide, scheduled to start on December 17. … Kohli’s red-ball deputy Ajinkya Rahane could be the one taking up the captaincy duties in Kohli’s absence.

Who will captain India in Test?

For the third time in his career, Ajinkya Rahane will don the captain’s hat as he will be leading Team India in the final three Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Virat Kohli, India’s all-format captain, returned home after the pink-ball Test for the birth of his first child.

Who is Australia’s captain India?

India opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been named as the vice-captain for the remaining two Test matches against Australia. Rohit, who joined his teammates after completing his 14-day quarantine period on Wednesday, will take over the reins from Cheteshwar Pujara.

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