In what is a major blow to the Indian team, captain Virat Kohli will return back to India after the completion of the ongoing Test against Australia in Adelaide. Kohli will leave for home to attend the birth of his first child with his wife and Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma.
Therefore, he will miss the Boxing day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.
Former Australia fast bowler, Brett Lee humorously asks the Indian captain and his wife to give birth to their child in Australia. Hence, Virat Kohli would not have to leave the country and not have to undergo the 14-day quarantine period- which is the reason that he won’t return to play.
Lee funnily remarks that whether Kohli has a girl or boy it would be fantastic, and could don the ‘Baggy Green’ which is a Test cap for Australia as well.
“If you would like to Mr. Kohli, you are welcome to have your child in Australia. Because we will accept you. If you have a little girl, fantastic. If you have a little boy, fantastic. They might become a Baggy Green,” Brett Lee told Mid-Day.
Virat Kohli run out in the first innings; missed a well deserved century
Virat Kohli, for a rare instance, won the toss, and without any qualms decided to bat first in the opening Test of the series, which is a day-night affair. With support from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli scored 74 runs as India were dismissed for 244.
Batting in the first, innings, Kohli was involved in a mix-up with Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane pushed a Nathan Lyon delivery towards mid-off and called for a quick single. Rahane, after taking a couple of steps recanted his call and signalled Kohli to return.
However, by that time, the skipper was halfway down the pitch, and ultimately got run out for only the second time in his Test career.
Meanwhile, in reply, the India bowlers were emphatic, as Tim Paine’s side is bundled for 191- handing the visitors a vital lead of 54 runs. India is on top, and with Virat Kohli leaving after the first match, the visitors would be hoping to take the lead in the series.