Indian skipper Virat Kohli could skip the last two tests of the highly anticipated four-game streak against Australia as he gears up for the birth of his first child in January, which could pave the way for an in-shape KL Rahul’s entry into the middle. to order. Kohli’s actress wife Anushka Sharma will give birth to the couple’s first child in early January. An official word about the skipper’s itinerary has not yet been announced, but a BCCI source told PTI that Kohli can be expected to take paternity leave after the first two tests of the series starting on December 17.
“The BCCI has always believed that the family is a priority. If the skipper decides to take advantage of paternity interruption, he will only be available for the first two test matches,” the senior source said under conditions of anonymity.
The four Test matches will be held in Adelaide (D / N, December 17-21), Melbourne (December 26-30), Sydney (January 7-11, 2021) and Brisbane (January 15-19).
The BCCI has over the years encouraged cricketers to take paternity breaks and it is no different for India’s captain and best batsman.
“Look, in normal times he could have flown back for the birth of his firstborn, missed a test and played the last one in Brisbane. But if the 14-day quarantine is still in effect, it will be difficult to go. and come back again, ”the source added.
There is a school of opinion that the presence of KL Rahul in the Test squad could be doubly beneficial in such a scenario. While Rohit Sharma (who is expected to be fully fit before the Test series starts), Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are there as opening options, Kohli’s likely absence may justify some more solidity in the middle order.
BCCI can send Rohit with the Indian team on November 11:
The presence of Rohit Sharma in the Mumbai Indians playing XI has raised hopes among BCCI officials that the Indian white ball captain, along with the rest of the squad, could board the chartered party on Nov. 11 flight to Australia.
“A decision will be made in this regard soon. It is only reasonable that Rohit will stay with the team and do his strength and conditioning under physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb. Let’s see how it goes,” added the source to it.
If necessary, India can rest Rohit for the ODIs, starting Nov. 27, and he can come back during the T20 series. By the time Test matches begin, he could be fully fit for the rigors of five-day cricket.
He nursed a hamstring strain, but recently stated it is “absolutely fine.”
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