Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has welcomed Virat Kohli’s decision to take paternity leave. Virat will return to India from Australia after the first Test match starting on 17 December. Smith said that the absence of Kohli would cause a big loss to India, but at the same time, the former Australian captain also believes that there is life outside of cricket.
The first match of the series will be played in Adelaide. It will be a day-night test match. Virat, who is coming to India for the birth of his first child, will not play the remaining three Tests of the series. These three Test matches will be very important in the Test Championship.
Virat Kohli and his wife actress Anushka Sharma are going to become parents in January.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Smith said, ‘There is no doubt that it will be a big loss for the Indian team. Virat is a world-class player. I think we should give them credit for taking this decision. We all know how much he likes to play in Australia. But he is also human. Apart from cricket, he also has a life. There is a family that is starting now. ‘
He said, ‘He wants to return to India for the birth of his first child, he should be given credit for this. He is a very good player. He wants to be there at the birth of his first child, he should be given credit for this.
Under Kohli’s captaincy, India lost the ODI series 1-2 there and then won the T20 series 2-1. Before the start of the Test series, India has to play another practice match from December 11.
In the absence of Virat, Ajinkya Rahane can command the team. Rahane had scored a brilliant century in the first practice match.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith also spoke on Ishant Sharma’s non-existence. Ishant Sharma was injured in the IPL and due to this he was ruled out of the Australia tour.
Smith said, “Ishant’s absence is also a loss for India. He has played a lot of cricket. Without them the team might not be as strong. I am sure that Team India definitely wants to see Ishant in the team.