Virat Kohli’s paternity leave had become a big topic of discussion in the run-up to the India tour of Australia. With the first of four Trials in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy now less than a week away, the discussion has resurfaced over who would replace Kohli in the Indian batting order after he leaves at the end of the first trial. Adelaide.
Legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, and Ricky Ponting spoke about the importance of Kohli and the need for India to find someone to hit No. 4 in up to three events.
India’s Gavaskar said it should be Ajinkya Rahane who should hit the crucial No. 4 spot after Kohli leaves for the birth of her first child.
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“Obviously Virat is there only for the first test, so you would expect Rahane to take over (as captain), but they (India) have to find someone to hit at number 4. Who do you expect to take that number 4 spot? ? “Asked former Australia captain Ponting, who hosted the panel discussion broadcast on 7 cricket, the official broadcaster for India vs Australia Tests.
“It seems to me it could be KL Rahul. Believe it or not, I actually think Rahane will take fourth place once Virat leaves, ”Gavaskar said in response.
The former India starter then said it would be a draw between KL Rahul and Shubman Gill for the No. 5 spot.
“Then you could have Rahul bat at No. 5 or Shubman Gill,” Gavaskar added.
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Interestingly, KL Rahul did not participate in the two preparation games and neither did Kohli. Rahane, who is scheduled to take over as India’s captain after Kohli’s departure, led India in both matches on the tour.
The Mumbai right-hander also scored a classy one hundred in the first prep game against Australia A.
Speaking about the first day and night test between the two sides, Gavaskar said Australia has the experience of playing more pink ball events.
“I think whoever hits well is going to win the game. Australia has played many games (day-night), they have the experience of knowing exactly what happens when the sun goes down and how to hit and pitch at that particular moment, ”he said.