Virat Kohli hopeful of India comeback in Boxing Day Test: Leaving with a win would have been great

India vs Australia: India captain Virat Kohli, who will head home on paternity leave, backed senior players in the side to step and realise their ‘true character’ and expressed confidence India will bounce back from the Pink-ball Test loss.

Home-bound Virat Kohli after Pink-ball Test loss: Leaving with win would have been great (AFP Photo)

Home-bound Virat Kohli after Pink-ball Test loss: Leaving with win would have been great (AFP Photo)


  • Virat Kohli will be heading home on paternity leave
  • Kohli said he would have loved to sign off with a victory in Australia
  • India were bowled out for 36, handed 8-wicket defeat in the Pink-ball Test

India captain Virat Kohli expressed confidence that the visitors will bounce back strongly when they take on Australia in the Boxing Day Test. The skipper conceded that it would have been great had India won the Pink-ball Test before he heads back home on paternity leave but said things can only get better after their 8-wicket thrashing on Saturday.

Virat Kohli is heading home to be with his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. The skipper said he is confident that other players in the team will realise their potential and help India fare better in the 2nd Test.

The 8-wicket loss in Adelaide was Virat Kohli’s first after winning the toss in a Test match and India’s 3rd successive in the longest format in 2020. India are facing an uphill battle as they will be without Kohli for the last 3 Tests.

When asked if his absence and Ajinkya Rahane’s poor outing in Adelaide will only make it even tougher after the manner in which India lost the Pink-ball Test, Kohli played down the concerns. The India skipper said senior players in the side will realise their true character and step up in Melbourne.

“Well, look I would definitely have loved it for a fact if he had won this game. Leaving with a victory would have been great. But this is Test cricket, anything can happen at any stage.I am pretty confident that the team is going to bounce back strongly in Melbourne,” Kohli told the press on day a when India registered their lowest Test total of 36.

“Few of the guys realise their true characters and how they can step up for the team. I am definitely confident we will learn from this.

“I don’t think we have ever had a worse batting performance so we can only go up from here and understand we can do special things as a team when we think of partnerships and think of batting together.

“I am very confident we will bounce back in Melbourne, you will see guys stepping up and realising their true character and doing their true job for the team.”

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the remainder of the Test series but the vice-captain has to overcome a personal scar as well as help the team overcome the impact of getting bowled out for 36. Rahane’s call cost Virat Kohli his wicket in the first innings after which the senior batsman looked shaken. Rahane was dismissed for naught on Saturday as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood blew away India’s batting order in less than a session’s time.

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