Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra has stated that Indian team is likely to miss Virat Kohli in the Test series against Australia even more than Rohit Sharma in the limited-overs.
Aakash Chopra responded to a viewers question and shared in a video format on his Facebook page.
Aakash Chopra was asked whom India will miss more – Rohit Sharma in limited-overs or Virat Kohli in Tests in the upcoming tour of Australia. While responding to this he said it’s a tough choice as both the players are important.
“They are the two eyes, whom will you miss more. You need both the eyes to see and if you remove one of the eyes, then it will definitely be a big miss,” said Aakash Chopra.
Talking about Rohit Sharma, Aakash Chopra informed that the Indian limited-overs vice-captain will be missed a lot. “If you talk about Rohit in ODIs, these are Australian grounds where if he is not there, it is going to be very very difficult. The ball will have the pace and the bounce, you will miss his experience.”
He also questioned Rohit Sharma playing in the IPL 2020 finals on 10th November but not being fit enough.
“I am still not able to understand that if a person was fit on the 10th, was playing the IPL final and played a good knock to win the match, how he cannot be a superhit on the 27th. This is something I am still not able to digest,” Said Aakash Chopra.
Former Indian opener said that he would have preferred Rohit playing the first ODI against Australia than the IPL finals.
“Because if he is 70% fit, then I would still want him not to play on the 10th and play for India on the 27th because it is very much required for him to play for India. He is the life of the Indian team.”
Aakash Chopra emphasised that Virat Kohli’s absence in the last three Test matches of the Australian tour will be a huge problem for the Indian team.
“Kohli coming back after the first Test is also a big problem.”
Aakash Chopra resigned by saying that Virat Kohli will be missed slightly more than Rohit Sharma, looking at the importance of the Test series.
“Although you are going to miss both of them equally, because I give more importance to Test cricket than white-ball cricket, especially if it is the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which you need to retain, then it will be very difficult without Kohli. So maybe Kohli will be missed a little more than Rohit Sharma.”
Virat Kohli will return from Australia tour after the first test.