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He has something special about him: Former Australia coach John Buchanan explains how Virat Kohli’s absence will affect India – cricket

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Former Australia coach John Buchanan recalled India’s historic victory in the test series in Australia, saying that although it was Cheteshwar Pujara who emerged as the top run scorer for India in the series, the contributions of captain Virat Kohli they were equally significant. During India’s famous 2-1 series victory in Australia in 2018-19, Pujara had staged 521 races in four events, including three centuries, while Kohli totaled 282 races.

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Even though that kind of performance was nowhere near the one Kohli had in 2014/15, where he scored 692 runs, Buchanan acknowledges that Kohli was a monumental figure in the series and the absence of the India captain will have an impact on the game. India’s performance at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“He (Kohli) has done an incredibly good job, regardless of whether he’s scoring runs or not. If we go back to 2019, (Cheteshwar) Pujara was the star of the series and Kohli made some contributions, so did (Ajinkya) Rahane. But Kohli’s true contribution is his leadership and captaincy and the way he instills greatness, not just to win. games, but also in finding a way to beat the teams, ”Buchanan told Sportstar.

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During the final week of the IPL, Kohli touched on the Australian tour and underlined how the duration of the biobubble should also be counted in the total duration of the tour. Being on biobubbles tends to have an effect, a kind of mental drain on players, something Kohli had mentioned, and highlighting the same, Buchanan acknowledges that this is where India will miss Kohli the most.

“There hasn’t been much test cricket. They will be in a bubble for at least two months and I think someone like Kohli is a very positive person, a committed person, who cares a lot about his team off the field as well. Whoever replaces him, who will probably be Rahane, may be a good leader, but Kohli has something special about him. It is not only on the field, but they will also miss him off the field, because it will be a long tour ”.

Kohli will play all three T20I and ODI, along with the first test, a day and night event at the Adelaide Cricket Ground, before returning to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who will give birth to the couple’s first child. Besides Kohli, another factor that will make something more difficult than the last tour is the return of Steve Smith and David Warner. Warner and Smith had missed the previous Test series against India due to their respective bans, but Australia will give them more than one chance now that the star hitting duo is back.

“Neither team has experienced these things before, but nonetheless, it makes it even more difficult for the touring team when these are the circumstances surrounding you and the environment,” added Buchanan, the winning coach of the World Cup in Australia.

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