Updated: November 22, 2020 12:10:48 pm
Indian cricket icon and World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev reacted to Virat Kohli’s paternity leave and stated that he’s completely satisfied for the 32-year-old as he’s about to assume a brand new accountability in life but in addition identified that within the yesteryears it was virtually not possible to pull off such a factor.
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“Don’t think we could afford to go and come back. That’s for sure. Sunil Gavaskar didn’t see his son for many months. It was a different thing. Look, things change. If I talk about Kohli, when his father died, he came back playing cricket the next day. Today he is taking a leave for his baby. It’s fine, you can afford it,” Kapil stated whereas talking by way of video convention at HTLS 2020.
“You can buy a plane and go back and come back again in three days. I feel happy and proud that today sportsmen have reached a level where they can do this. I’m happy for Virat. He’s coming back to see his family. I understand you have passion but the biggest passion is that he’s having a baby,” he stated.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman, who missed the delivery of his first baby whereas touring South Africa with the Indian group in 2006-07, additionally stated that one should respect the choice.
Kohli will miss three of the 4 Tests in Australia in December-January to be along with his spouse, actor Anushka Sharma, as she is anticipating their first baby round January.
Interestingly, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Kohli’s absence could truly be good for the Indian gamers.
“If you actually have a look, India have won every time Virat wasn’t there, be it the Dharamshala Test against Australia, the Afghanistan Test, Nidahas Trophy or the Asia Cup in 2018. Indian players do tend to raise their game when he is not around. They understand they have to make up for his absence,” Gavaskar advised TOI on Friday.
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