Virat Kohli’s absence will be a major blow to India© Twitter
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Australia should “quite easily” win the upcoming series of tests against India, while Virat Kohli would return home on paternity leave after the first of four matches. The BCCI announced on Monday that Kohli has been given paternity leave and will return to India after the first test in Adelaide. Kohli and his wife Anushka are expecting their first child in January. Vaughan said Kohli made the right decision to be there for the birth of his child, but said Australia would be too strong for India without their captain.
“No @imVkohli for 3 tests in Australia .. The right decision will be with the birth of his first child .. but it means Australia will win the series pretty easily IMO,” tweeted Vaughan.
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 10, 2020
The four-match test series begins on December 17th with the day-night test in Adelaide, followed by Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The third test starts on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the fourth and final test starts on January 15 and will be played at Gabba in Brisbane.
When India last toured Australia in 2018-19, they recorded their first-ever Test Series win Down Under.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored three centuries as India won the series 2-1.
Kohli’s absence will be a major blow to the visitors, but India will be happy to have Rohit Sharma back for the Test series after initially being left out due to a hamstring injury.
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