- Virat Kohli leaves home on Paternity Leave, expecting first child in January
- Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the remaining three matches of the Test series against Australia
- Kohli got paternity leave long before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
- Indian team lost by 8 wickets on the third day in the first Test of the series played in Adelaide.
Indian captain Virat Kohli left for India at Paternity Leave after cheering the team for the remaining three matches of the Test series against Australia. Kohli’s first child is expected to be born in January.
Before flying to Australia, Kohli met teammates and encouraged them to do well in the remaining matches of the series. Now Ajinkya Rahane will take over the captaincy of the team in his absence.
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The Indian team is trailing 0–1 in the series after an eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide. Kohli got paternity leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) long back.
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The purpose of organizing the team’s interaction with Kohli was to increase the confidence of the players so that they came into the ground with a positive mentality for the Boxing Day (from 26 December) Test match played in Melbourne.
The Indian team lost the first match of the series within three, during which their second innings was reduced to just 36 runs. This is the lowest score of this team in Test history. In the first innings of this Test, Kohli scored 74 runs before being run out. He was the top Indian scorer.