Virat Kohli didn’t have the best of times while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season. Even though he performed pretty decent as a batsman, he was miles behind in terms of shrewd captaincy.
The right-handed batsman is the leading run-scorer in IPL history. However, he wasn’t at his devastating best in this edition. Kohli ended as the second-highest run-scorer behind young talent Devdutt Padikkal.
Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs this season. After that, they were eliminated from the competition by Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH beat RCB by six wickets to seal the big deal.
Virat Kohli might skip last two Tests: report
Team India captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child in early January next year. As per a report, the soon-to-be-father Kohli might miss the last two Tests against Australia in Australia.
However, it has not been confirmed yet so far. But a BCCI source told news agency PTI that the Indian captain is likely to miss out in the last two Tests. The source further added saying that Virat Kohli is likely to take paternity leave after playing the first two Tests.
The Test series is always a challenging task, especially in overseas conditions. India and Australia will play the first of the four-match Test series starting from December 17 onwards. As per the senior source, BCCI believes that family is the first priority.
“The BCCI has always believed that family is a priority. In case, the skipper decides on availing paternity break, he will then be available only for the first two Test matches,” a top source said on conditions of anonymity.
The four-match Test series will take place in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Before the four Tests, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against Australia. The ODI opener kicks off on November 27 at SCG.
“Look, in normal times, he could have flown back for the birth of his firstborn, missed a Test, and played the final one in Brisbane. However, if the 14-day quarantine is still in place, it will be difficult to go and come back again,” the source added in a statement.
What about Rohit Sharma?
Earlier, BCCI added that its medical team is closely monitoring Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was back to the field against Sunrisers Hyderabad. MI skipper also played the first qualifier against Delhi Capitals.
Rohit Sharma may get a chance to fly with the Indian national cricket team led by Virat Kohli on November 11. Besides this, he should also attain the desired levels of fitness in order to earn a ticket to Australia.
“A decision will be taken soon in this regard. It’s only fair that Rohit stays with the team and does his strength and conditioning work under physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb. Let’s see how it goes,” the source added.