AN Sharma, coach of batting legend Virender Sehwag, has taken a dig at Virat Kohli for taking a paternity leave during the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. The India skipper played the first Test in Adelaide before returning home earlier this week to attend the birth of his first child. Anushka Sharma is due to give birth in early January.
Virat Kohli will miss the remainder of the Test series in Australia as India look to bounce back after suffering a humiliating eight-wicket defeat in the first Test. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the remainder of the series. Virat Kohli’s decision, nonetheless, has caused a debate and has divided the cricket fraternity into two halves.
While one half has praised the India star for taking the leave, the second half has criticised him for not giving priority to the team. And it looks like AN Sharma belongs to the second half too as he criticised Virat Kohli’s decision. Speaking to Sportskeeda, Sharma said that Sehwag would have never returned from a tour for any personal reasons.
“Sehwag would have never returned from a tour. The game has given you everything. Sachin Tendulkar returned to play the World Cup (1999) within two days of his father’s death. I can give it to you in writing that Sehwag would have never returned as cricket comes first for him,” said Sharma.
“I don’t agree with Virat Kohli. He should have stayed with the team, he should have worked with the team and continued as the captain. He’s a brilliant captain and a brilliant cricketer,” added the 76-year old.