Australian batsman Steve Smith said on Tuesday that Virat Kohli should be given credit for giving birth to his child a priority over cricket as there was a lot of pressure on the Indian captain to stay in Australia for the entire Test series. After an eight-wicket defeat in the first Test in Adelaide, the Indian team lost 0–1 in the four-Test series.
Kohli will leave for home on Tuesday, so that he can live with his actress wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. The second Test will be played in Melbourne from 26 December. Smith said in an online press conference, “Of course it is a big loss for India that he will not play in the rest of the series.” We will have to see how he played in the first innings. It was a level performance against a good bowling attack on a bowling friendly pitch. I congratulated him after the first test and said that your journey was a pleasant one, I hope everything goes well with the child. Wish your wife all the best. ‘
Smith said, “I’m sure there must have been a lot of pressure on him to stay here, but he is credited for taking the step and returning home for the birth of his first child.” He definitely wants to witness this. ‘
Kohli scored 74 runs in the first innings of the first day-night Test, which was the best score by any batsman for both the teams. Smith was able to score just one run. Smith also disagrees with the view of Australian great spinner Shane Warne that pink ball should be used instead of red ball in all Test matches.
He said, ‘Personally I would like the red ball cricket to be alive. I think one series is enough. As we saw in Adelaide, it did a fantastic job, it was spectacular. We have played very good day and night matches, but overall I personally want to play a lot of red ball cricket.