BCCI has granted Virat Kohli paternity leave after Team India skipper nformed the committee about his wish to be in India with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. The BCCI also confirmed the same in a statement that was released on Monday. Virat Kohli and the Indian team will be touring Australia and Virat will be returning after the first test. "At the selection committee meeting held on October 26th, 2020, Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide,” BCCI’s release stated.
Meanwhile, the All-India Senior Selection Committee decided to rest Rohit Sharma for ODI and T20I series to regain full fitness. He has, however, been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He suffered a hamstring injry last month while playing for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020. He missed four games for IPL 2020 finalists Mumbai as Kiron Pollard led the side in his absence. The Selection Committee has added Sanju Samson as an additional wicket-keeper to India’s ODI squad. Senior Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been undergoing his rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Once he fully recovers and gains sufficient match fitness, he will be added to India’s Test squad. Spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out of the T20I series owing to a shoulder injury. The selectors have named T Natarajan as a replacement. Young fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti will not be able to travel to Australia as he is still working with the medical team on his bowling workload management.