Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli has been the “driving force” behind India’s success over the past 5-6 years.© AFP
India coach Ravi Shastri has said Virat Kohli made the “right decision” to fly back for the birth of his first child, admitting that the skipper would be “clearly” missed during the Test series against Australia. Kohli will miss three tests in the upcoming series against Australia. He has been given paternity leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and as a result will only play in the opening test of the four-match run.
“I think it’s the right decision he’s making. These moments don’t come over and over. He’s got the chance, he’s going back and I think he’s going to be happier about that,” Shastri told ABC Sport, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“When you see where India has gone over the past five-six years, no one doubts he is the driving force and the man behind it (India’s success). So obviously he would be missed. adversity comes an opportunity. There are many young boys on the side and it is an opportunity for them, “he added.
India and Australia are scheduled to compete in three ODIs, three T20Is and four tests. The tour kicks off on November 27 with the three-game ODI series.
The first test between India and Australia starts on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval and this will be a daytime match. The series of four matches is part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
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