India skipper Virat Kohli won’t play the last three test matches of Border Gavaskar Trophy as he will fly back to India to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who is due to give birth to their first child in January.
A number of experts have had their opinions on development. Former Indian cricketer and legend Kapil Dev and Australia head coach Justin Langer even lauded Kohli for his decision of flying back to India to be with his wife.
Virat Kohli, while speaking to the media on the eve of the ODI match, said that he had decided to return home after the first Test match due to the birth of his first child and this decision was taken in the selection committee meeting on October 26 itself.
“The decision was made before we had the selection meeting and I explained the same to selectors that I will be flying back after the first Test. It was purely based on the fact that because we have a quarantine period both ways. I wanted to be back home in time to be with my wife for the birth of my first child,” Kohli was quoted as saying on the eve of the first ODI.
“It is a very, very special and very, very beautiful moment that I want to experience. That was the reason behind my decision and I communicated to the selectors during the selection meeting,” he added, speaking on a virtual press conference.
Regarded as one of the best batsmen across all formats, the Indian batting maestro will only lead Team India in the twin-limited overs series along with the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between the two cricketing superpowers.