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Virat Kohli’s absence from Tests is an opportunity for some other players: Sachin Tendulkar

December 10, 2020

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Virat Kohli will head back to India prior to the 1st Test to attend the birth of his 1st baby. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar believes that this could be an opportunity for some player of the team to shine. Tendulkar also believes that the Indian team has enough batting depth to fill the void Kohli will leave.

Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the current Indian team has some quality batsmen who could be capable to replace Kohli for the remaining Tests. Sachin understands that Kohli has a ton of experience when it comes to playing against Australia. This could, however, turn out to be the perfect opportunity for a youngster to prove himself. This, ultimately, would only help the team in their pursuit to win the 2nd Test Series.

Australian squad far better than the earlier one: Tendulkar

Back in the 2018-19 season, India defeated Australia 2-1 way from home. India will now look to reciprocate the same performances they put back in 2018-19. However, back at that time, Australia was without key players such as David Warner and Steve Smith.

David Warner had a terrific IPL season this year. In just 16 matches, Warner smashed an insane 548 runs. Warner was pivotal in SRH’s qualification for the playoffs. Warner also boasts an impressive Test record. In 155 innings, Warner has scored a total of 7244 runs, with a career-best of 335. Warner also played some standout knocks against India in the recently held ODI series. However, due to injury, Warner could not play the T20I series. He has also been rested for the 1st Test against India. It is likely, however, that Warner could make a comeback in the 2nd Test Match.

Steve Smith is also a vital cog for the Australian National Team. Smith is currently the highest-ranked Test Batsman as per ICC rankings. In 133 innings, Smith has amassed 7227 runs with an outstanding average of 62.8.

Steve Smith and David Warner were ruled out of the 2018-19 Test series on account of the match-fixing scandal against South Africa. With these 2 likely to play the 2nd Test match, Tendulkar feels Australia will pose more danger than before. With Labuschagne also in the line-up, India’s bowlers will find it challenging to contain the Australian batsmen. The 1st Test Match is set to begin on 17 December, with the 2nd Test to start on 26 December.

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