SUNIL GAVASKAR, VIRAT KOHLI

Sunil Gavaskar : Indian players tend to raise their game in Virat’s absence

Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, will return home after the first Test against Australia as his wife Anushka Sharma is set to give birth to their first child in January.
Virat Kohli’s absence in the last three Test matches is currently the biggest talking in the cricket fraternity.
 
“If you actually have a look, India have won every time Virat wasn’t there, be it the Dharamshala Test against Australia, the Afghanistan Test, Nidahas Trophy or the Asia Cup in 2018.
Indian players do tend to raise their game when he is not around. They understand they have to make up for his absence,” Gavaskar told TOI on Friday.
 
 “It’s going to be tough for Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Both these players have to bat out of their skin. Captaincy will actually help Rahane. He will feel a lot more secure and in control of situations. The selection committee is clear about who should lead in Virat’s absence and he has done well as a Test captain,” Gavaskar added.