Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that he was pretty clear in his mind and he has no qualms regarding his decision to skip the last three Tests of the upcoming series against Australia.
Kohli will head home after participating in the pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval in order to be with his pregnant wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma, who is set to deliver the couple’s first baby in January.
Virat said that it is a ‘very special’ moment in his life and he wanted to be with his wife at the time of the birth of their first baby at any cost.
“It’s a decision that was absolutely clear in my mind. As committed as you are to play for your country this is a very, very special moment in life that you want to be there for at any cost. It’s a blessed time and we’re very excited,” Virat Kohli told Steve Smith during an informal chat between the two superstars ahead of the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test.
In the absence of Virat, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will take up the mantle of leading the Men in Blue.
And, Virat Kohli, who said that his relationship with Ajinkya Rahane is built on trust and mutual understanding, has absolutely no doubt that the latter will do a wonderful job as Indian captain.
“Firstly, Rahane and I have built mutual understanding over the years, we have had great partnerships batting together which is based on trust. Rahane has done a fantastic job in the two practice games, he seems to be very composed and he knows the strengths of our team and how we need to go,” Virat Kohli had said in the virtual press-conference.
“We already know the template we play with and how we want to go about things. We are on the same page and I am sure Rahane will do a tremendous job in my absence,” he added.
For the uninitiated, Ajinkya Rahane led the side with success in Virat Kohli’s absence during the series-decider at Dharamsala against Australia during the 2017 rubber.