Commenting on the situation, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said it was certain that there would be more pressure on the Indian team.
Virat Kohli, 32, is set to return home with the first Test due to his wife’s delivery. “Virat Kohli is a captain, a world-class batsman. His absence will ensure that some Indian players play with extra pressure, ”Ricky Ponting told a newspaper.
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He added, “Ajinkya Rahane is said to be the captain for the other three (Test) matches. Will he be able to lead the team without crisis when faced with a strong team like Australia? Is doubtful. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The first ODI between India and Australia will be played on the 27th. The T20 series starts on December 4 and the Test series starts on December 17.