India vs Australia: Dilip Doshi on Virat Kohli’s paternity leave amid Test series-National duty comes first – Sports News
Former India spinner Dilip Doshi opened up on India skipper Virat Kohli’s decision of missing the last three Tests against Australia to witness the birth of his first child. Doshi stated that he would have given more importance to national duty if he were in Kohli’s place.
Kohli has headed back home on paternity leave and will miss the last 3 Tests of the crucial tour, which plays a key role in the World Test Championship cycle. and Bollywood actor, Anushka Sharma as the couple expects their first child in January.
India are under a spot of bother now as they will be without Virat Kohli after that horror loss in Adelaide. Ainkya Rahane will lead the side in Kohli’s absence in the remainder of the Test series. Kohli looked in good touch in the first innings as he hit a solid 74 before being run-out after a bad mix-up with vice-captain Rahane.
“I know this is a modern phenomenon that people believe that they ought to be by the side of their family and spouses when they deliver a child. I understand all that. But when you are on a national duty If I put myself in his shoes, I wouldn’t have gone. For me, national duty comes before everything else,” Doshi told Sportskeeda.
Doshi also said that BCCI didn’t have any say in the Indian skipper’s decision as they can’t force their players to be with the team instead of his spouse on such occasions.
“This is a highly individual and institutional approach. Legally, you cannot stop somebody from doing that. The cricket board cannot have a rule saying the players cannot go and be on the side of their spouses for such an occasion. Personally, I wouldn’t have gone,” Doshi added.
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