India vs Australia: Will Kohli’s absence favor Australia? Pat Cummins responds – cricket
Virat Kohli’s absence from the last three Tests against Australia has become a huge point of contention in the cricket circle. The Indian captain has been granted paternity leave for the birth of his first child. You will return home after the conclusion of the first test in Adelaide.
While several experts have opined that its unavailability will benefit Australians, pacemaker Pat Cummins takes a slightly different view.
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The quick Aussie, who has been named vice-captain in the limited overs series against India, feels that Kohli not playing the last three rounds ‘could make a little difference’ but will not be a deciding factor on the rubber.
“To be honest, we haven’t talked much about it. I saw the announcement in the media. To be honest, as captain, we will obviously miss him, but the Indian cricket team always finds an amazing batsman, who outside the team, is just waiting for an opportunity, so maybe that new opportunity will be the beginning of the career of someone else. “Cummins said in an interaction with The Hindu.
“It could make a little difference. I’m not sure it’s a deciding factor in the series, but to be honest, we players haven’t talked about it much, ”he added.
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Cummins agreed with the fact that the Australians have to make ‘amends’ as they seek to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. He said the current Australian team is “better equipped” than the one that lost to India two years ago.
“We have a lot to prove. India played very well here a couple of years ago. We as an Australian cricket team, and since I grew up watching them play, we pride ourselves on winning at home, especially the test matches. So to lose that, I feel like we have to make amends this summer, ”Cummins said.
“If I look back on that series, obviously Smith and Warner (are back) but obviously you have Marnus (Labuschagne) who is now one of the best hitters in the world. Hopefully we are better equipped than a couple of years ago. But India is very similar. They have the same lineup, the same high-quality players, so it will be a great series, ”he added.
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The 4-game test series will begin on December 17. The first match in Adelaide will be a day and night event, followed by the Boxing Day test match in Melbourne.