India vs Australia: ‘They both have to hit out of their skin’, Gavaskar names two players to take responsibility in Kohli’s absence from last three trials – cricket
Virat Kohli’s absence from the last three test matches is currently the biggest conversation in the cricket fraternity. The Indian captain is scheduled to return home after leading the team in the Adelaide Test, to attend the birth of his first child. Reports suggest Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane would take over the remaining three games in the series.
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While some of the cricket experts believe that a team without Kohli could lose control of the trophy, hitting legend Sunil Gavaskar has opined that Rahane, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, will have to take on additional responsibilities.
“Indian players tend to improve their game when he is not around. They understand that they have to make up for their absence. It is going to be difficult for Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Both players have to work hard. Rahane has led India on occasion and would enjoy the responsibility, ”Gavaskar told the Times of India.
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Pujara was named player of the series when India beat Australia 2-1 in 2018-19, becoming the first Asian team to triumph in a test series in Australia. Known for his impeccable temperament, Pujara prefers to suppress attacks with his compact defense and Gavaskar said the first-order hitter should be able to play his natural game.
“That is what brought him here. You don’t manipulate a player’s aptitude or natural temperament, ”said Gavaskar, who was the first hitter to score 10,000 test runs. No one should tell Pujara how to get races as long as he gets the races and the hundreds. Left alone and not pressured, that will work in India’s favor. It is as firm as a rock; others can score around him and play shots, ”said Gavaskar.