Wednesday, October 4

Australia vs India: Virat Kohli can play last two Tests of four-match series

Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Soon after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on 10 November, Team India is scheduled to fly to Australia. In the three-month-long tour, the two teams will be honking against each other in three ODIs, several T20Is and four Test matches. As far as the limited overs leg is concerned, the audience is quite strong. But when it comes to the longest format of the game, India have a few things to worry about.

Their ace Ishant Sharma Skipper Virat Kohli is also likely to miss the last two Tests if he is working hard to get fit in time for the series starting on 17 December. Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child in January which coincides with the test series and the 32-year-old is most likely to take paternity leave during this period.

The last two Tests between India and Australia will be played in Sydney (7 January to 11 January) and Brisbane (15 January to 19 January). Virat Kohli is yet to decide on the same lines but the BCCI is expected to not allow him to go on tour with his wife if they ask for it.

BCCI Has always believed that family is a priority. If the captain takes advantage of the paternity break, it will only be available for the first two Tests, ”a senior source, speaking to Outlook, said on condition of anonymity.

14-Day Quarantine Makes Things Difficult, Sources Says

Under normal circumstances, it was a quick flight for Virat Kohli and after a few days, he could again join the team for the final Test. Although COVID-19 is still around, strict quarantine rules are still in force and a quick trip to India will not be possible.

“Look, in normal times, he could return for his first-born birth, missed a Test and played the final in Brisbane. However, if the 14-day quarantine is still there, it’s hard to go again and come back. Will, ”the source added.