Former Australia coach John Buchanan said in a statement to the Times of India that Virat Kohli’s absence from the remaining three Tests was a “great loss” for India.
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Question: What is your view on the Indian-Australian cricket series?
Answer: Both teams are of equal strength. In the last Test series, both the teams fought hard. Still, expect it.
Question: David Warner and Steven Smith are on the team. So, will Australia win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy this time?
Answer: I don’t think the batting line-up of the Australian team was better during the last Test series. The team’s batting line-up will be strengthened as Smith returns to the Warner squad this year. Marnus Labushen is likely to make a big impact.
Question: The BCCI has announced that Virat Kohli will not play in the last three Tests. Is this likely to affect the Indian team?
Answer: The absence of Virat Kohli in the last three Tests will be good news for the Australian team. Virat Kohli made a huge impact when the two teams last met in a face-off Test series. Cheteshwar Pujara also put on an excellent performance. There is no denying it. However, Virat Kohli was instrumental in capturing the series. Now that he is bidding farewell to the first Test, the Indian team will be greatly affected both on and off the field.
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Question: Will players be affected by playing cricket for long days from within the medical care circle?
Answer: This is definitely an issue. Many Indian and Australian players have played IPL cricket from within the medical care circle. This was followed by a ban on playing cricket from within the medical care circle until mid-January. This can cause minor problems for players. It takes a captain like Virat Kohli to deal with all this. He has been coordinating the players perfectly for the last few years.
Question: Rohit Sharma has led the Mumbai Indians in the IPL series and has won the trophy five times so far. Thus, many are saying that he should be appointed as the captain of the Indian ODI, T20 team one day. Would this be the right decision?
Answer: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the best captains. There is no doubt about it. Running all three types of cricket the same captain way will not have any impact.