Virat Kohli on his paternity leave after Adelaide Test: It’s a decision that was absolutely clear in my mind

Team India will be missing the services of Virat Kohli after the 1st Test against Australia to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their 1st child.

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  • Virat Kohli will return home after the 1st Test to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma
  • Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma are expecting the birth of their 1st child in January, 2021
  • Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will step into the skipper’s shoes in Kohli’s absence

India captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that he no qualms in asking for a paternity leave so that he could return home to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma.

Kohli is all set to fly back to Mumbai after the first Test between Australia and India which will be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 17 to 21. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will step into the skipper’s shoes in Kohli’s absence.

His decision was met with praise from the Indian sporting community and fans. Talking about it, Kohli said he is “very excited” to welcome his first child with Anushka.

“It’s a decision that was absolutely clear in my mind.

“As committed as you are to play for your country this is a very, very special moment in life that you want to be there for at any cost. It’s a blessed time and we’re very excited,” Kohli said during an informal chat with Steve Smith on the eve of the Border-Gavaskar Test series opener.

Kohli also expressed full faith in Rahane’s captaincy and wished him all the best for the remaining 3 Tests which he won’t be a part of.

“Firstly, Rahane and I have built mutual understanding over the years, we have had great partnerships batting together which is based on trust. Rahane has done a fantastic job in the two practice games, he seems to be very composed and he knows the strengths of our team and how we need to go.

“We already know the template we play with and how we want to go about things. We are on the same page and I am sure Rahane will do a tremendous job in my absence,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference.

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