Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has finally opened up on Virat Kohli taking the paternity leave after the first Test match at Adelaide. Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has granted paternity leave to Virat upon his request.
A lot has been debated over Virat returning back to India after the first Test and similarly, a lot has been spoken in favour of his return. Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has also opined on Virat’s return.
Steve Smith Opens Up On Virat Kohli’s Paternity Leave
“No doubt, it’s a big loss for India. Virat is a world-class player. I think you got to give him some credit, we all know how much he loves playing in Australia. But he is also a human being. He has got a life outside of cricket, a family that is starting,” Steve Smith told the press on Thursday.
“Credit to him for wanting to be there for the birth of his first child. We know how much he loves playing in Australia, how good he is, but like I said, credit should go to him for wanting to be there,” he added.
Team India To Take On Australia In The Test Series From December 17
The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in Virat’s absence in the last three Test matches.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return back to India after the first Test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. The odds are level in the tour so far as both the teams have gone on to win 3 games each on the tour so far.