Adam Gilchrist, former Australian wicketkeeper has weighed in on Virat Kohli’s paternity leave, saying that although the team needs him now more than ever after India’s abject surrender in 2nd innings of 1st Test, Virat Kohli’s decision should be respected and applauded.
It was in the first week of November that it was announced that India captain Virat Kohli will return from Australia after the first Test for the birth of his first child.
Adam Gilchrist Hopes Indian Fans Will Realize That Indian Captain Made Decision And Will Be Back Soon
It did not seem too big a deal back then, but given the performance, India produced in Adelaide where they registered lowest Test score of 36, Virat Kohli’s return couldn’t have come at a worse time. India are trailing 0-1 in the series and as they try to stage a comeback hoping for a reversal of fortunes forgetting the Adelaide chapter, the absence of India’s best batsman and its captain isn’t exactly something the team can do with.
At the post-match virtual press conference, Virat Kohli admitted it would have so much better to sign off with a win, but at the same time, showed confidence in the team to bounce back under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane. However, it is easier said than done as India will miss services of Mohammed Shami too who is injured and ruled out of the remaining 3 Tests.
“India go into this break with many challenges. Kohli, who was simply stellar in the first innings, goes back home for his paternity break,” Adam Gilchrist wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
“It will be hard for him to see the team dejected and dispirited after the loss, but I hope Indian fans will realize that their captain has made his decision and will be back soon to serve his team. A personal milestone versus playing for one’s team is always a tough call. Kohli has made his call and made it well ahead of the series, so it is important to respect that decision.”
While India may not be the most confident team heading into the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting December 26, Adam Gilchrist believes Indian team can look back at the positive performances of their bowlers and believe they have a chance to stage a comeback even without Virat Kohli.
Adam Gilchrist: India’s Fielding Efforts Proved Costly
Adam Gilchrist also pointed out an interesting incident, which highlights how much India’s fielding needs to improve as Australia extended their first innings to 191 despite being 111/7 at one stage when Mayank Agarwal dropped Tim Paine who went on to score unbeaten 73 and was awarded Man of Match.
“India can take some heart from their bowling performance. At Adelaide they were exceedingly good, even though their excellence was eclipsed by the Australian pace trio,” he wrote.
“It also needs to be noted that India’s efforts on the field proved very costly in the final analysis. A particularly important moment was when Mayank Agarwal dropped Tim Paine. Had he hung on to that chance Australia would have been 111-8 and ended up with a lot less than the 191 they finally scored.”
Adam Gilchrist pointed out the above interesting incident, which highlights how much India need to improve. But he felt India needs to take heart from bowling performance which was better than their batting efforts in 2nd innings.