Sunil Gavaskar said that Virat Kohli’s absence will boost Australia while discussing the impact of Virat Kohli’s absence with Michael Holding.
Every Indian cricket fan and experts know by now that India skipper Virat Kohli will miss the last three Tests against Australia. After featuring in the first Day/Night Test at Adelaide, he will fly back to India to be with his wife, Anushka Sharma, for the birth of their first child.
Sunil Gavaskar: Virat Kohli’s Absence Will Help Australia As He Has An Unbelievable Record Against Them
In a YouTube interaction with legendary former West Indian fast-bowler and present commentator Michael Holding, ex-India opener skipper Sunil Gavaskar admitted that Virat Kohli’s absence will be a major boost for hosts, Australia.
“I think that (Kohli’s absence) is really going to help the Australians. Because, look at his record against Australia. It is an unbelievable one. In 12 Test matches in Australia, he has scored six hundreds against them. For the Australians it’s one relief that he is not going to be around for the last three matches.”
Sunil Gavaskar, however, also said that India have found out a way to win in the absence of Virat Kohli in the past.
“If you have a look at what India have done in his absence in the past, you will find that India has invariably won when he has not been around.”
The Little Master recalled specific matches that India won without Virat Kohli. These include the Dharamsala Test against Australia in 2017 when the batsman had injured his shoulder and Afghanistan’s debut Test, which India won in a couple of days by more than an innings, besides ODI tournaments like the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup in 2018. Rohit Sharma captained in Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup while Ajinkya Rahane captained in 2 Tests against Afghanistan and Australia.
Sunil Gavaskar: India Must Find Somebody Or Get Combination Right To Feel Virat Kohli’s Void In Last 3 Tests
According to the former Indian opener turned commentator, India always manages to find someone or some combination to make up for the huge loss of Virat Kohli, knowing how crucial he is to the team’s cause. He is hoping that the same happens in Australian tour too.
Gavaskar said: “I am hoping that in these three Tests (against Australia) also they will find somebody or the combination to make up for his absence.”
India are all set to take on Australia in a gruelling tour, which will get underway on November 27 with the first ODI (One Day International) at Sydney.
India will face the Aussies in three ODIs, followed by as many T20Is. The limited-overs series will be followed by four Tests, which will begin with the Day-Night encounter at Adelaide on December 17