‘They’re great players’: Harbhajan Singh names two batsmen who can cope with Virat Kohli’s absence from Australian tryouts – cricket
Veteran Harbhajan Singh believes that the best way for the Indian cricket team to deal with Virat Kohli’s absence after the first test against Australia is to forget him. Kohli’s departure from Australia after the day-night event in Adelaide is a blow to India not only because of his hitting but because of the effect it has on his players on the field.
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And while his absence is sure to have an impact in one way or another, it in no way guarantees that India won’t be able to repeat its success in Australia from two years ago, Harbhajan says.
“Virat Kohli will return after the first test, but this opens a window of opportunity for someone like KL Rahul, who will return on the test team. Virat Kohli is a great player and has scored runs every time he has toured Australia, his absence will be lost, but this is an opportunity for the players to intervene, ”Harbhajan told Sports Tak.
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With Kohli’s departure, the team’s vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, is likely to lead the team. And when it comes to hitting, Harbhajan feels that the fact that India’s batting lineup is packed with high-caliber players who have proven to be match winners should cover up Kohli’s absence. Harbhajan backed players like Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul to stand up and lead the batting for India.
During India’s previous tour of Australia, Pujara was the rock that stood up against Australia, scoring 521 runs. Rahul’s test record has been a bit washed out in his previous series, but the fact that he is coming off a solid IPL, in which he landed the Orange Cap, along with a hot run in the international limited selection for India , it should help you get down Under.
“Virat Kohli’s absence should be viewed this way. KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara are great players and they have a chance to prove themselves. I think Team India has it in them, but the fact that Virat Kohli is there or not should be forgotten. The team should remember that they are in Australia to win and repeat what they did last time, ”said Harbhajan.