Former Australian legend Michael Bevan has reacted to Virat Kohli’s absence from the second Test match. It is notable that Virat Kohli has been granted a paternal leave by the BCCI.
Virat and his wife, Anushka Sharma, announced that they were going to become parents in January as the couple was together in Dubai for the 2-020 edition of the Indian Premier League. For the same, the BCCI granted him paternal leave after the first Test.
Michael Bevan Reacts To Virat Kohli’s Absence From The Second Test
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor.com, Michael Bevan said, “When you take one of the greats away, the impact is going to be huge. It’s not only the runs that he scores or in the manner that he scores, but it’s about his overall presence. It’s the leadership skills that he shows.”
“For India to win the Test series, they had to win the Adelaide Test. Their journey has become all the more difficult in his absence. What we have seen over the last 10 years a more holistic approach about how they regard their work-life balance,” Michael Bevan further said.
“Cricket is such a time-consuming game, they very often don’t get much time to spend with their family. While India really needs him, both events are equally important. That happens with the Australian players, the family takes precedent and it’s more than fair that he should be back home with his family at such an important time,” Bevan further stated.
Virat Kohli Has Had A Forgetful Year In Regards To His Batting
Virat Kohli, for the first time in his international career, failed to score an international century in a year ever since he stepped into the international circuit. Although much of cricket was hampered due to COVID-19, Virat has surely had a year to forget in 2020.
Virat was nearing his century in the first innings of the Adelaide Test. However, he was involved in an unfortunate run out with the Indian vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli returned to the pavilion on 74 runs. In the 2nd innings, he fell prey to Pat Cummins on just 4 runs. Thus, he extended his century draught.