Michael Clarke feels India need to do well in the limited-overs leg consisting of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, without which it will be really tough for the visitors to beat Australia in Tests in their own backyard, especially without Virat Kohli featuring in the last three matches.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes the Indian skipper’s departure after the first Test in Adelaide is a major blow for India for several reasons. Virat Kohli will head back to India to be beside his wife Anushka Sharma, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child.
Michael Clarke: India Need Some Success In ODI And T20I To Carry Momentum In Test Series
Michael Clarke feels India need to do well in the limited-overs to carry momentum into test series as it will be hard for India to win Test series in Australian conditions without regular skipper who is the best player in the world.
“Virat Kohli is the best player in the world,” Clarke said in the latest episode of Inspiration on India Today TV.
“Anytime he is not playing, it’s going to be a huge loss for India. What I meant was India have to start well, they need some success in the ODI series and T20 series to carry that momentum into the Test series. In my opinion, having Virat Kohli only in the first Test makes it extremely hard for India to win that Test series, particularly in Australian conditions.”
Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test skipper with 33 wins in 55 matches. Virat Kohli averages 48.61 in 19 tests against Australia and 55.39 in 12 matches in Australian soil. He has 3 hundreds in Adelaide and 1 ton each at Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Michael Clarke: Replacement Of Virat Kohli Is Impossible For His Irreplaceable Batting And Leadership Approach
Michael Clarke reckons replacing Virat Kohli is impossible for India as he brings a lot more to the table than just being the team’s premier mainstay batsman. He compared Virat Kohli’s importance to that of former India captain MS Dhoni, saying the importance of both players is more than just great batsmen or captains.
“How do you replace Virat Kohli? It’s impossible. Not only his batting but also his leadership, his aggressive approach, that’s what he brings to that side. The Indian team follow him. He is their true leader,” Clarke added.
“I would probably be saying the same if MS Dhoni was captain and he was returning to India after the first Test. I would be saying the same thing because his impact in and around the group, it’s exactly the same.”
MS Dhoni was Virat Kohli’s predecessor as captain and retired from the international arena on 15th August 2020 through an Instagram post. He had led India in 60 tests, 200 ODIs and 72 T20Is, captaining India in the most number of matches before retiring at 39 years of age.