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India vs Australia: ‘These moments don’t come once more’ – India head coach Ravi Shastri backs Virat Kohli’s decision to take paternity leave

Virat Kohli’s absence within the final three Tests towards Australia is at the moment the most important speaking level as Team India gears up for the sequence Down Under, which begins from November 27 in Sydney. India will first play a 3-match ODI sequence adopted by as many T20Is. And then the 4-match Test sequence which is able to begin from December 17 in Adelaide.

Captain Kohli will fly again residence after main the aspect within the first Test which, is a day-night time affair, for the delivery of his first baby. While many consultants have opposed Kohli’s return amid the Test sequence, head-coach Ravi Shastri has backed the captain’s decision to return for the delivery of his first baby.

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“I think it’s the right decision he’s taking. These moments don’t come time and time again. He has the opportunity, he’s going back, and I think he’ll be happier for that,” Shastri informed ABC Sport.

Shastri agreed to the truth that the Indian captain has been the ‘driving force’ behind the workforce’s success through the years. However, he asserted that Kohli’s absence will generate alternative the ‘young guys.

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“If you see where India have gone in the last five-six years, there’s no doubt in absolutely anyone’s mind that he’s the driving force and the man behind it (India’s success). So, he obviously would be missed. But like I say, in adversity comes opportunity. There are a lot of young guys in the side and it’s an opportunity for them,” he mentioned.

Shastri additionally expressed his apprehensions about senior Ishant Sharma’s participation within the upcoming Test sequence if he doesn’t attain Australia within the subsequent few days.

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Ishant sustained a aspect pressure through the IPL 2020 and is at the moment on the NCA present process rehabilitation. But the BCCI is but to announce when he would attain Australia.

Considering the obligatory 14-day quarantine requirement, it’s clear that he’s probably to miss the primary heat-up recreation towards Australia A, at Drummoyne Oval from December 6-8, if he doesn’t depart by Monday.

“You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. As I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult,” mentioned Shastri.

(With PTI Inputs)


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