Twitterati in meltdown as Virat Kohli decides to skip last three Tests in Australia

Twitterati in meltdown as Virat Kohli decides to skip last three Tests in Australia

Kohli will only take part in the Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India captain Virat Kohli has caused quite a stir with his decision to skip the last three Tests in Australia for the birth of his first child. His wife Anushka Sharma is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in early January and thus he has decided to skip three of the four Tests in Australia. The series is scheduled to start on December 17 in Adelaide.

The BCCI, on Monday, confirmed that it has granted paternity leave to Kohli. The Indian cricket board in an official release confirmed that the captain had informed the board about his plans to return home for the birth of his first child. Before leaving Australia, Kohli will also lead the team in the ODI and the T20I series.

“At the selection committee meeting held on October 26th, 2020, Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide,” the BCCI said in a statement. “The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.”

Missing Kohli for such a challenging series will definitely be a big blow for Team India. The India batting mainstay has a stunning track record in Australia. In 12 games so far, he has scored 1,274 runs at an average of more than 55 with the help of six hundreds and three fifties.

Not only that, but Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia when he led the team to a historic win during the 2018-19 series.

Fans’ reactions to Kohli’s decision:

Virat Kohli’s decision to skip the three Tests in Australia has sent the cricket world into meltdown. While one section of the fans is praising him for putting his family first, the other section is criticising him for not putting the country first. Some of the fans even reminded him of MS Dhoni’s decision in 2015 when the former India skipper was in Australia and missed the birth of his daughter Ziva.

Here are some of the reactions to Virat Kohli’s decision: