Mumbai: Australian batsman Steve Smith said on Tuesday that the absence of Indian captain Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests is a “big loss” for the spectators.
Smith said the Indian captain must have been under pressure to remain in the team and praised Kohli for making the choice to be at home for the birth of his first child.
He said, fist pump in the end and said travel safely and hope everything goes well with the baby. It is a big loss for him and India, not having him for the rest of the series. You have to look at the way he played in first innings, was a pretty class display on good bowling,” Smith said during a virtual press conference.
“The wicket was working a bit and I had said it before and would say it again, the credit for standing it up and saying that I wanted to go home for the birth of my first child. I’m sure the pressure on him to stay Will. But its credit, “he said.
Kohli will not be playing for the rest of the series as he will return home after being granted paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Currently, Australia is leading the series by 1-0, after India’s second innings against Australia in the first in Adelaide ended at 36/9. It was India’s lowest total in Test Cricket history.
Josh Hazlewood bagged a fifer for Australia in the second innings while Pat Cummins claimed 4 wickets.
India and Australia will lock horns in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, beginning December 26.