Indian captain Virat Kohli will fly back to India after playing the first test in Adelaide from December 17. He has taken a paternity leave from BCCI to be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is going to give birth to their first child in January.
Virat Kohli’s absence in the three test matches has created chaos in the cricket world. While many are worried about the void he’ll leave in the batting line up of Indian, few are confident that team will do good even in captain’s absence.
Recently, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh opened up on the opening combination of the team. He picked Rohit Sharma as one of the opener in Test matches. Along with Sharma, Bhajji picked KL Rahul to open in Australia.
The off-spinner heaped praises on KL Rahul, who has been named in all the three formats and said that the 28-year-old can bat at any position in test matches be it number two, three or four. The 40-year-old also said that KL Rahul can fill the number 4 slot in the absence of Virat Kohli.
“I would not change the opening combination, Rohit Sharma should open in Australia and KL Rahul can fill that slot for Virat Kohli. Rahul is too good a player to bat at No. 3, 4, or even open. It will not make a huge difference if he bats at No. 3 or opens because he is a quality player,” Harbhajan Singh told on India Today’s show ‘Inspiration’.
Harbhajan Singh further speaking on bowling attack of both the teams said that, the bowlers from both the sides will be looking forward to bowl with the pink ball.
“Both the teams will be starting from scratch and it will come down to who plays the better cricket and who will bowl better. The pink ball seams around a lot when its new but once the seam settles down it gets easier to bat. Our seamers will be looking forward to bowl with the pink ball because India has got a great lineup. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and the others can do the damage which Australia will also look to do,” Harbhajan Singh said.