Virat Kohli, as BCCI announced yesterday, would not be available for the last three tests against Australia during the tour starting from November 27. India’s tour of Australia 2020 will have the two teams locking horns in 3ODIs, 3 T20s, 2 practice matches and 4 Tests.
Virat Kohli has been allowed paternity leave by BCCI as he had asked for one to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child.
“Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide,” the BCCI press release read.
As the news was shared by BCCI, many came out loud to laud Kohli’s concern and his decision to be with his wife for their special day.
However, there was also a section of society that questioned Kohli’s plans and compared him with Dhoni, who, back in 2015, while leading India in the World Cup in Australia, had not taken a leave when his wife Sakshi was expecting.
For the unaware, Ziva Dhoni was born on 6th February 2015, which was two days ahead of India’s final warm-up game against Australia.
Back then, when Dhoni was asked if he missed being in India during his birth of his first child, he had said: “As of now I am on national duties so I think everything else can wait. The World Cup is a very important campaign.”
kabhi bolta hain country comes first aur kabhi imp tour chorke chaley jaate hai. Dad k guzar jane k baad Kohli scored 90 odd runs the next day… & mny such players did the same. I remember Dhoni nvr took a leave when Ziva ws born.— Santy (@Bungomacha) November 9, 2020
Nothing imp than national duty, yet again Kohli proved he is not a leader— Sunil Kalyan (@sunilguts) November 9, 2020
Meanwhile obviously, there was another section of people too, which came out in support of Kohli reminding others that at Dhoni’s time, it was the World Cup on the cards and this is just a series.
Well, to what we believe, it’s one personal decision to what they give preference to. And obviously, most of the time it’s the family one gives preference to for World Cups or series come and go but we only got one family.