Virat Kohli will miss three out of the four Tests in the upcoming series against Australia as he is set to become a father for the first time in January.
The Indian cricketing legend, widely considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, will compete in the first Test Down Under in Adelaide (which starts on 17 December) and then fly home.
The second, third and fourth Tests will take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane respectively.
India’s talisman Virat Kohli is expecting his first child in January with his wife Anushka Sharma
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will take over leadership duties from Kohli when he heads home
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in Kohli’s absence and Rohit Sharma has been drafted into the Test squad.
Anyone travelling to Australia has to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, making any possibility of Kohli rejoining the squad impractical.
Kohli will still captain the side against Australia during the three ODIs and three T20I matches that precede the Test series. The ODI series kicks off on November 27 in Sydney.
This will be the first time India have played since the Covid-19 pandemic brought cricket to a standstill in March.
Kohli led India to a first-ever Test series triumph in Australia in January 2019 as they won 2-1
The 32-year-old is currently the world’s second-best Test batsman and will come up against the best, Steve Smith, during the upcoming tour.
He is also currently the world’s best ODI batsman, ranking sixth on the all-time list of runs scored with 11,867, and has an average of more than 50 in all three forms of the game, as well as being the all-time highest run-scorer in T20I.
Kohli captained India to their first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2019.
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