Ravi Shastri said that Virat Kohli has been the “driving force” of India’s success for the past 5-6 years.© AFP
Indian coach Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli made the “right decision” to come home for the birth of his first child while admitting that the skipper would “obviously” be missing in the Test series against Australia. Kohli should miss three tests in the upcoming series against Australia. He was granted paternity leave from the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) and as a result he will only feature in the opening test of the four-game series.
“I think that’s the right decision he’s making. Those moments don’t come again and again. He has the opportunity, he’s going back, and I think he’ll be happier for it,” Shastri told ABC Sport, cited by ESPNCricinfo.
“If you see where India has gone over the past five to six years, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the driving force and the man behind (the success of the ‘India). So obviously we would miss him. In adversity comes the opportunity. There are a lot of young people in the team and it is an opportunity for them, “he added.
India and Australia must compete in three ODI, three T20I and four tests. The tour will kick off with the three-game ODI series, starting November 27.
The first test between India and Australia will start from December 17th at the Adelaide Oval and it will be a day-night competition. The four-game series will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
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