AUS v IND 2020-21: "Virat Kohli's absence a void for India, but opportunity to other players" Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli will play only one Test of the four-match series against Australia.

Virat Kohli will lead Team India in only the first Test | Getty

Indian captain Virat Kohli's absence from the last three Tests of the four-match series against Australia starting from December 17 has been a huge talking point since the day he revealed the news. Kohli's absence will give a huge psychological advantage to the Australians because of his stature as a batsman and as a captain.

Former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that his absence will definitely create a void in the batting order but Team India is blessed to have the bench strength that it has at the moment.

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Sachin Tendulkar told AFP in an interview, "When you lose an experienced player like this (Kohli) there is without any doubt a void. But let's understand, this is not about individuals. It is about our team and the best part about Indian cricket right now is that there is bench strength."

"So Virat has to come back for personal reasons and some youngster is going to get a chance to play in his spot and that's an opportunity for someone else," he added.

Virat Kohli, in 2018, became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia. He has found his form in the recently concluded T20I leg of the bilateral series. He was the highest run-getter in the T20I series, scoring 134 runs in 3 matches. Australia will be feeling happy to see the back of him after the Day/Night Test in Adelaide.

(With inputs from AFP)


By Sameer Deodhar - 09 Dec, 2020

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