Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli has been the "driving force" behind India's accomplishment in the last 5-6 years.© AFP
India mentor Ravi Shastri has said that Virat Kohli has made the “right decision” to fly back for the introduction of his first youngster while conceding that the captain would “obviously” be missed during the Test arrangement against Australia. Kohli is set to miss three Tests in the impending arrangement against Australia. He has been allowed paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and subsequently, he will include in the initial Test of the four-coordinate arrangement.
“I think it’s the right decision he’s taking. These moments don’t come time and time again. He has the opportunity, he’s going back, and I think he’ll be happier for that,” Shastri disclosed to ABC Sport, as cited by ESPNCricinfo.
“If you see where India have gone in the last five-six years, there’s no doubt in absolutely anyone’s mind that he’s the driving force and the man behind it (India’s success). So he obviously would be missed. But like I say, in adversity comes opportunity. There are lot of young guys in the side and it’s an opportunity for them,” he added.
India and Australia are scheduled to face each other in three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. The visit will initiate with the three-coordinate ODI arrangement, starting on November 27.
The primary Test among India and Australia will start from December 17 at the Adelaide Oval and this will be a day-night challenge. The four-coordinate arrangement will be a piece of the World Test Championship (WTC).
<p>Topics referenced in this article