Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has recently shared how the Team India could deal with Virat Kohli’s absence after the first Test against Australia. He said that the best way for them is to forget about it. Notably, Kohli will return from Australia after the first Test in Adelaide as the BCCI has accepted his parent leave as he is going to be a father soon with his wife, actor Anushka Sharma.
However, his absence will certainly have an impact as Kohli is considered as one of the best batsmen in recent times. Notably, India won the series in Australia two years ago but Kohli’s absence might become a hurdle for the team on their way to a win.
“Virat Kohli is coming back after the first Test but this open the window of opportunity for someone like KL Rahul, who is coming back in the Test team. Virat Kohli is a big player and he has scored runs whenever he has toured Australia, his absence will be missed but this is an opportunity for players to step in,” Harbhajan Singh said to Sports Tak.
In Virat Kohli’s departure, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the team. However, the veteran believed that the Indian batting line-up is full of quality players who can turn the table anytime and could fill the void of Kohli as well. He also named the players like Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul who could play the key role in the batting.
“Virat Kohli’s absence should be seen in this manner. KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara are big players and they have an opportunity to prove themselves. I think Team India has it in them but the fact that Virat Kohli is there or not should be forgotten. The team should just remember that they are in Australia to win and repeat what they did the last time,” Harbhajan Singh concluded.
As far as Harbhajan Singh’s game is concerned, he had opted out from the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League in Dubai due to personal reasons. He plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the league.
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