Indian skipper Virat Kohli is going to miss the final three Test matches against Australia owing to the birth of his first child. There have been mixed reactions from cricket experts and fans on the call taken by Kohli. Now, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has joined the bandwagon. He has backed Kohli on his decision while also predicting that Australia will have a huge upper hand in the series now with Kohli missing.
“No @imVkohli [Virat Kohli] for 3 Tests in Australia .. The right decision going to be at the birth of his first child .. but it means Australia will win the series quite easily IMO [in my opinion]”: Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
Michael Vaughan Opines on Virat Kohli Missing Three Tests vs Australia
Meanwhile, India would leave for Australia on November 11. After reaching Sydney they will be under a 14-day quarantine period. The series starts with the first ODI on November 27.
The first of the four Tests will be played in Adelaide from December 17 to 21. Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Test from December 26-30. Sydney will host the third (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19) the fourth and final Test match.
In the revised squad announced for the Test series against Australia, Rohit Sharma has been included in the side with Kohli missing the last three Tests. Ajinkya Rahane will have the tough task of leading the side in those matches in Kohli’s absence.
Cricket experts are predicting a series win for Australia with Steve Smith and David Warner returning into the fold and Kohli missing from the thick of the action for a major part of the Test series.