The much-awaited India’s tour of Australia is all set to begin from November 27 with the first One Day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Team India went through a set back after skipper Virat Kohli decided to fly back home post the first Test.
The 32-year old took this decision to be with his wife Anushka Sharma as they are expecting the birth of their first child. The Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri admitted that the side would obviously miss his services. However, he said that Kohli made the right decision as these moments don’t come time and time again.
“I think it’s the right decision he’s taking. These moments don’t come time and time again. He has the opportunity, he’s going back, and I think he’ll be happier for that,” Shastri said.
“If you see where India has gone in the last five-six years, there’s no doubt in absolutely anyone’s mind that he’s the driving force and the man behind it (India’s success). So, he obviously would be missed. But like I say, in adversity comes opportunity. There are a lot of young guys in the side, and it’s an opportunity for them,” he said.
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma need to reach Australia quickly: Shastri
Ravi Shastri also talked about the chances of senior players Rohit Sharma and Ishant Shama’s place in the upcoming Test series. The duo is currently undergoing the rehab process after they picked injuries during the recently-concluded IPL edition.
“You don’t really know how quickly they’ll be available to fly out. As I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult,” said Shastri.