Virat Kohli ranked second in ICC try-hitting rankings© AFP
Former Australian skipper Ian chappell feels that Virat KohliThe latter’s absence will create a big hole in the Indian batting order in the next round of four-game tests against Tim paine-led Australia. India and Australia will first see the horns against each other in three ODIs and three T20Is first, and then both teams will turn their attention to the longest format in the game. Kohli will only play ‘one test against Australia, then he will return home after being granted paternity leave from the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI).
“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 said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“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 group of selectors,” he added.
Chappell also said Australia also faces a selection dilemma in terms of who will be David Warner’s opening partner. The former Australian skipper highlighted how Will Pucovski can play ahead of Joe Burns as the second opener.
“However, Pucovski has been knocking on the door for a while now – which Langer longs for. Pucovski took a hammer at the entrance while doing six centuries at the shield level, three of them doubling; two of those double hundreds have come. This season, he’s proven to be pretty good at this level, so it’s time to see if he can pull it off in the Test arena, ”said Chappell.
The Indian team for all three formats had arrived in Australia last week and now each player has started to undergo net sessions to be fully prepared.
During the 2018-19 Series, India managed to record its first Test Series victory on Australian soil. The Kohli-led team ultimately won the series 2-1 and are now looking to retain the Border Gavaskar trophy.
The first test between India and Australia kicks off on December 17th at the Adelaide Oval and this match will be a match day and night.
The four-game series will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia and India are in the first two places in the WTC rankings.
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