Adelaide: Australian batsman Steve Smith said that Virat Kohli should be credited with giving priority to the birth of his first child over cricket as the Indian captain was forced to stay in Australia for the entire Test series. There was a lot of pressure.
After losing 8 wickets in the first Test in Adelaide, Team India has lost 0-1 in the 4-Test series. Virat Kohli will leave for home today so that he can live with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. The second Test will be played in Melbourne from 26 December.
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Steve Smith said in a virtual press conference, ‘Of course it is a big loss for India that he will not play in the rest of the series. We have to see how he played in the first innings. It was a level performance against a good bowling attack on a bowling friendly pitch.
He said, ‘I congratulated him after the first test and said that your journey should be pleasant, I hope everything will be right with the child. Wish your wife all the best.
Smith said, “I am sure there must have been a lot of pressure on him to stay here, but he is credited for taking the step and returning home for the birth of his first child.” They definitely want to witness this.
Team India captain Virat Kohli scored 74 runs in the first innings of the day-night Test played at Adelaide Oval, which was the best score of any batsman for both the teams. At the same time, Steve Smith was able to score only 1 run.