India is all set to kickstart their much-awaited tour of Australia with a three-match One-Day International series against Aaron Finch’s men, starting with the November 27th clash at the iconic SCG. The 1st ODI at Sydney will be one of the seven matches that regular skipper Virat Kohli will be a part of, this Australian summer.
Virat Kohli will head back to India after having taken part in 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is, and the first of the 4 Test matches that is set to be played at his favorite venue- Adelaide Oval- albeit under lights, in order to be with his wife, Anushka Sharma, who is due to deliver the couple’s, first baby.
Several cricketers have lauded Virat Kohli’s decision of putting his family ahead of everything else. The latest to join the bandwagon is Australian swashbuckling opener, David Warner.
Reacting to Virat’s decision, David Warner, during an interview with CricBuzz, said:
“Well done to him to go home and be by his partner’s side for his first child.”
David Warner on Ajinkya Rahane leading India in Virat Kohli’s absence
Ever since Virat Kohli declared his unavailability for a major chunk of the Test series, a debate has kickstarted in India as to who should lead the side in his absence: vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, or 5-time IPL-winning skipper, Rohit Sharma?
However, it goes without saying that Rahane will captain the side, given the fact he is the incumbent deputy to Virat Kohli.
Rahane might not be the fiery, in-your-face character that Kohli is, but he has got steely aggression as a leader, something Australia experienced when he led India in the 2017 series decider in Dharamsala.
David Warner hailed Aninkya Rahane as someone who is ‘calm and very measured’ in his approach besides adding that Indian cricket is blessed to ready-made leaders like Jinx and Rohit to take the charge in Virat’s absence.
”He’s calm and very measured in his approach. He’s got a very good cricket brain. It’s like chalk and cheese with them two (Kolhi and Rahane) and as a player to try and engage him on the field, as we’re talking about engaging, and getting into that contest as players, it’s obviously lots to think about how to do that especially with Ajinkya as captain,” David Warner said.
“The great thing from India’s perspective is that you’ve got three if not four very good players who could captain the team at any time. With him, he’ll bring a calm and measured approach with his nature,” he further added.