The Indian squads selected for the Australia series will be travelling down under on November 11, just a day after the IPL 2020 final. Indian skipper Virat Kohli has already moved joined the Indian Test specialists in a different bubble. Meanwhile, the BCCI is still thinking over Rohit Sharma and if he will be sent with the team to Australia. After per reports in PTI, Rohit is likely to travel with the Indian squad on November 11. However, the final decision on this matter is to be taken.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli will miss the final two Test matches against Australia owing to the birth of his first child. He will be taking paternity leave to stay with his wife Anushka Sharma and family during this crucial time. The BCCI has encouraged cricketers to take paternity leaves to stay committed to their responsibility towards their family and Virat Kohli’s case here is not an exception.
“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,” the senior source said on conditions of anonymity.
Rohit Sharma Likely To Travel With India Squad on November 11
While, Kohli’s absence in the final two Test matches will be a great loss for India, Rohit’s availability if allowed to travel with the team will be a great bonus.
“A decision will be taken soon in this regard. It’s only fair that Rohit stays with the team and does his strength and conditioning work under physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb. Let’s see how it goes,” the source added.
Reports also add that Rohit might be rested for the ODI series to give him time to get fit and can join the side for the T20Is. He can then again take time off and get himself fit for the four-match Test series.
The first Test will be played from December 17-21 (Adelaide) followed by the next Test, which is the Boxing Day Test Match from December 26-30 (Melbourne). Virat Kohli as per reports in PTI will miss the third and the fourth Test matches. The third Test will be played at the SCG from January 7-11 and the last will be played at Brisbane from 11 to 15 January.