David Warner has given a thumbs up to Virat Kohli’s decision to take paternity leave from last 3 of the 4 Tests between India and Australia. Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test skipper leading India to 33 wins.
Virat Kohli will head back home after the conclusion of the first Test against Australia. The Indian skipper has taken paternity leave, expecting the birth of his first baby.
David Warner: Well Done For Virat Kohli To Head Home
As India resume international cricketing journey after a long COVID-19 induced break, it wouldn’t be a full-strength team competing against the Aussies Down Under. While Rohit Sharma isn’t a part of the limited-overs white ball assignments, Virat Kohli is set to miss the last three of the four Tests due to paternity leave.
Australian opening batsman David Warner, who not only remains a fierce rival of Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the field but also a good friend of his off the field, has reacted to the entire development.
Speaking to media persons just days ahead of the start of the series, Warner said: “Well done to him to go home and be by his partner’s side for his first child.”
In Virat Kohli’s absence in the last 3 Tests, Ajinkya Rahane is expected to lead the Indian team despite the case of Rohit Sharma, who has several credentials too as a limited-overs skipper, has also been advocated to lead. The likelihood of Rohit Sharma is a part of the Test series, however, has reduced over the past few days, since he is yet to arrive in Australia hence increasing the chances of Ajinkya Rahane as skipper.
David Warner: Ajinkya Rahane Has Got A Very Good Cricketing Brain As He Will Bring Calm And Measured Approach
David Warner, speaking of Ajinkya Rahane, was full of praise for the veteran right-hander, praising his calm presence and measured approach towards the game.
“He’s calm and very measured in his approach. He’s got a very good cricket brain. It’s like chalk and cheese with them two (Kolhi and Rahane) and as a player to try and engage him on the field, as we’re talking about engaging, and getting into that contest as players, it’s obviously lots to think about how to do that especially with Ajinkya as captain. The great thing from India’s perspective is that you’ve got three if not four very good players who could captain the team at any time. With him, he’ll bring a calm and measured approach with his nature,” he further said.
There’s no doubting that Kohli’s absence means that India would be arguable without their best batsman but the situation also gives the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rahane, KL Rahul, and some other players the opportunity to further improve their performance. Ajinkya Rahane has led India in two Tests-one against Australia and one against Afghanistan and India won both of those matches at home.