The upcoming Australia tour is going to be very challenging for team India. After team already lost Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma with injuries from Australia tour, team India Captain Virat Kohli might miss last two Tests on the tour.
As per the recent reports, Kohli might go on paternity leave in January as he and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first baby in January. Team India and Australia are scheduled to two tests in between 7 January and 19 January. Though Virat has not asked for leave so far, if he does BCCI is likely to put family first.
“The BCCI has always believed that family is priority. In case, the skipper decides on availing paternity break, he will then be available only for the first two Test matches,” a senior BCCI source revealed on the condition of anonymity.
In normal circumstances, Virat might have joined the team back with a day or two day leave but the 14- day quarantine rule will make it almost impossible to return after a trip to India.
“Look, in normal times, he could have flown back for the birth of his first born, missed a Test and played the final one in Brisbane. However, if the 14-day quarantine is still in place, it will be difficult to go and come back again,” the source further added.
Team India’s premier fast bowler Ishant Sharma is still uncertain for the tour. And opening batsman Rohit Sharma, though will travel with the team, is not picked in any of the squad owing to the hamstring injury he suffered in the clash against Kings XI Punjab this IPL.
Team India will tour to Australia in the end of November, where they will play full-fledged series comprising 4 Tests and limited overs lag across two months.