Virat Kohli’s absence for the final three Test of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy will “create a big hole” in the Indian batting order, believes former Australia captain Ian Chappell.
Virat Kohli will be returning back to India after playing the first Test against Australia which will be a day-night fixture currently slated to be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 17 to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the delivery of their first child. However, he will be part of the limited-overs leg of the tour comprising of three ODIs and three T20Is beginning November 27.
Virat Kohli’s Absence Will Create An Opportunity For One Of the Young Talented Cricketers To Make A Name For Himself: Ian Chappell
The last time India toured Australia in 2018-19, India won their maiden test series in Australia with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 521 runs, but Australia missed the services of David Warner and Steve Smith as both of them were serving a year-long ban for ball tampering allegations.
“India also face a selection dilemma when skipper Virat Kohli departs for home for the birth of his first child following the opening Test. This creates both a big hole in the Indian batting order and an opportunity for one of their talented young players to make a name for himself,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Chappell as saying.
Rohit Sharma was added to the test squad in forthcoming 4 match test series after it was revealed he would miss the limited over series owing to hamstring injury sustained during IPL 2020.
Ian Chappell : Result Could Well Come Down Who Is Bravest Set Of Selectors
India have quality batsmen like openers Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill. KL Rahul who returns to test squad can also open along with Rohit Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari will add to India’s middle order batting credentials. Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant are the two wicket-keepers while all-rounders who can bat are also in squad like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
“What was already shaping up as an exciting tussle now has the added stimulus of crucial selection decisions. The result could well come down to who is the bravest set of selectors,” he added.
Ian Chappell played in 75 tests and 16 ODIs and the 77-year-old had captained Australia in 30 official tests playing as a right-handed middle-order batsman and occasional spin bowler. He found his niche when promoted to bat at number three. He earned a reputation as one of the greatest captains the game has seen.