Smith said- Team India will be weak without Kohli, but that person too
Australian batsman Steve Smith said that Virat Kohli’s failure to play in the last three Tests would be a huge loss for India, but fans and stakeholders should understand that Kohli is also a human being and has a life outside cricket. Kohli will play in the Test of Day Night format starting in Adelaide from 17 December, but will return home for the birth of his first child thereafter.
In an online conversation with Adelaide, Smith told the media, ‘There is no doubt that this is a big loss for India. We all know that Virat is a world class player. We all know that he likes to play here, but he is also a human being, outside of cricket he also has a life, a family.
Smith said, ‘At the time of the birth of their first child, they want to be there, they should be praised for this. We all know how much he likes to play in Australia, so the credit goes to him for being there when he was a child.
Smith was banned for a year due to ball tempering in a Test match played in Cape Town in 2018 and that is why he did not play in the last Test series against India. Simultaneously, Smith was also banned from captaincy for two years. Smith was the captain of Australia at the time of the ball tempering controversy. At the end of March this year, he once again succeeded in captaining the team. However, he is not worried about captaincy and is ready to go through this process.
Smith said, ‘Discussions are happening. I think Justin Langer responded when he was asked about my captaincy. Obviously, there is a process that must be followed. I am happy to do what is right for the team.
Smith said, ‘Tim Paine (captain of the Test team), Aaron Finch (captain of the limited overs team) are doing well at the moment. We are happy with where we are. As I have always said, I will do what is better for the team. He said, I have been told about the process.