Glenn Maxwell believes that other Indian batsmen have the quality that can perform in Australia without Virat Kohli. The Indian captain will be missing the last 3 Tests as BCCI has granted him a paternity leave. Since 2014 whenever India has toured Australia, Kohli has been the standout batsman for India across all formats.
In his vacancy during the Test series, Indians batsman will have to perform out of their skins if they want to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy. Aussie batsman Maxwell maintains that team India has a strong back up of batsmen that can flourish in absence of Kohli.
KL Rahul Will Be Just As Good A Player- Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell gave a specific mention to his Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul and rated him extremely highly. Rahul was the leading run-getter in the recently concluded IPL 2020 and will now be the vice-captain of India during the limited-overs series.
“India has still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul, the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player,” Maxwell said during a virtual media interaction.
Meanwhile, Rahul can be an option to bat at number 4 in absence of Kohli in the 3 three Tests. The elegant Indian batsman has tasted success in whites in Australia as he scored his maiden Test ton at Sydney in 2015. Besides, Maxwell was all praises for his IPL teammates Rahul and Mayank Agarwal and marked them as a threat for Australia.
“Well, I would say they (Mayank-Rahul) are the two lovely guys I have ever met. It was a pleasure to spend the change room (with them), two very good players, they score all-round the wicket and have got very limited weaknesses. They are good performers, and good players”, Maxwell said.
Maxwell will be part of Australia’s ODI and T20I sides that will take on India from next week. The much-anticipated tour of India against Australia will kick off from November 27 with the first ODI at Sydney.