India men’s team head coach Ravi Shastri has backed skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to leave the Test series against Australia mid-way to attend the birth of his first child in India. He also added that Kohli would have returned for the last Test match had there been no quarantine rules.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the teams have to go under mandatory 14-days quarantine and pass the COVID-19 test to be available for the series. Well, Indian players have been allowed to train during the quarantine period because they are directly coming from IPL’s bio-bubble.
While speaking to Sportstar, Ravi Shastri talked in full support of Virat Kohli. He stated that Team India’s captain was not the player who misses matches because of lame reasons while cursed quarantine for the batting mainstay could not return back for the last Test at Gabba.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and I am with him. He is not the one to miss a game if there was not a compelling reason. But for this bloody quarantine he would have returned for the last Test,” Shastri said.
Ravi Shastri responds to critics against Virat Kohli:
The former Indian cricketer pointed out out out that Kohli would have to go another 14-days quarantine if he had returned from India to play the last Test match which would have been hard.
While criticizing the 32-year-old’s decision, Ravi Shastri said that being the only Asian captain to win the Test series on Australian soil, Virat has also boosted the confidence among the team.
“But it’s not easy because the quarantine process in Australia is active and very hard. To go through another 14-day period of isolation would be tough for anyone. I must tell our fans and critics that Virat is the only Asian captain, dead or alive, to have won a series against Australia at home and away from home. That is the trigger for the team to remember and shine,” Shastri added
The three-match ODI series will begin on November 27 followed by the three-match T20I series. The Test series will be played from December 17 to January 19.