India have a few players who can captain in absence of Virat Kohli: David Warner
There are still a few days left before India kick off their Australia tour but Virat Kohli’s decision to go on a paternity leave after the first Test has opened different channels of opinion. It’s been argued that India will miss not just the batsman Virat Kohli during the series but also the skipper. However, Australia opener David Warner thinks that India have groomed a few players who can fill Virat Kohli’s captaincy boots once the maestro goes on the leave.
Before India travelled to Australia for the upcoming series, a huge news came from the BCCI camp - India captain Virat Kohli was granted paternity leave and will only play the first Test of the four-match Test series starting December 17th. The decision meant that vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane may have to step up as captain to lead the Indian team Down Under in the longest format.
During a virtual press conference which was organized by host broadcasters Sony, Warner shared his views on Ajinkya Rahane leading the Indian team in the absence of Virat Kohli.
“He (Rahane) is calm and very measured in his approach. He’s got a very good cricket brain,” Warner said.
“...it’s like chalk and cheese with them two (Kolhi and Rahane) and as a player to try and engage him on the field, as we’re talking about engaging, and getting into that contest as players, it’s obviously lots to think about how to do that especially with Ajinkya as captain,” he added.
Warner thinks that it’s not just Rahane but a few other players too, who can be a captain of any side in the world.
“The great thing from India’s perspective is that you’ve got three if not four very good players who could captain the team at any time. With him, he’ll bring a calm and measured approach with his nature,” Warner further said.