Team India will miss the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli for three of the four Tests in Australia. Kohli will take part in the opening Test in Adelaide, India’s first Day/Night encounter Down Under. After the conclusion of the match, Kohli will head back to India to be with wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has decided to leave the Australian tour after the first test in Adelaide, in order to be present with his wife, as the pair are expecting their first child. That has created a sense of anxiety in the Indian camp, as his absence has not only created a huge hole in the side’s batting, but it also means that someone else will be leading the Indian team in whites, something that hasn’t happened in more than three years.
Having captained Rajasthan Royals for a major portion of IPL 2019, Ajinkya Rahane will be seen in a new role this year. He was traded to Delhi Capitals during the trade window. While Rahane remains an integral part of India’s Test team, he hasn’t played an ODI since February 2018, missing out on a World Cup spot last year.
Veteran Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been a crucial part of India’s Test squad ever since making his debut in 2013. In 65 Tests, he has 4203 runs at an average of 42.88 with 11 hundreds. However, despite consistent performances in ODIs, Rahane has found himself out of favour over the last two years.
India rolled over a miserable West Indies for 100 in merely 26.5 overs on Sunday to clinch the opening Test in Antigua by an impressive margin of 318. After Ajinkya Rahane notched up his first Test century in two years, and Hanuma Vihari narrowly missed out on one, Jasprit Bumrah ran through West Indies to finish with exceptional figures of 5 for 7.