India captain, Virat Kohli says that his heart was always with the team even while he was far away, on a different continent when the Indian team was battling against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Virat Kohli had to leave the Australia tour and return back home after the first Test in Adelaide, which India lost, to attend the birth of his child. India was all out for their lowest Test score of 36 in the second innings in Adelaide and the Indian captain had to leave the squad making matters worse for the visitors.
However, Kohli’s deputy, Ajinkya Rahane stepped in as the captain of the side and led a memorable fightback to win the series in the last hour of the last Test in Brisbane. Virat Kohli, who was blessed with a daughter, says becoming a father was the greatest moment of his life.
“The two cannot be compared. To me, to become a father has been and will remain the greatest moment of my life. That is something that has to be experienced to understand what I am saying.
“The connection with the team doesn’t go away in any situation, especially when you have given everything for the team, especially for the Test team for the last six years on a daily basis. Being motivated to take Test cricket on top, take Indian cricket on top and the whole group has put in so much effort,” Virat Kohli said during a virtual press conference.
Watched the partnership between Shardul and Sundar on my phone – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli can’t be kept away from cricket – he discloses that he was glued to his phone even in the hospital. The 32-year-old reveals he watched the brilliant partnership between Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar in the Brisbane Test until the doctor called him inside.
Thakur, playing his second Test, and Sundar, on debut, staged a terrific 123 runs pulling the team out from the score of 186/6 and keeping the side in the game. Eventually, an injury-riddled Indian team breached the ‘Fortress Gabba’ and secured a historic Test series victory.
“You are connected invariably and I was watching all the games. In the last Test, when Shardul and Sundar were going through a partnership, I was watching it on my phone just before when we had to go in when the doctor called,” Virat Kohli added.
The right-hander returns to the lead the side in the upcoming 4-match home Test series against England – his aim would be not only to win over Joe Root’s men but also to book the vacant berth in the final of the World Test Championship against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand.