Will Virat Kholi’s baby be an Australian?

Indian cricket captain and top batsman Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI to be with his wife for the birth of their first child and will be missing the game at the end of first Test Down Under to be played shortly.

Former Australian skipper Allan Border had a jovial suggestion for the Indian captain, “We were thinking he might think about having his newborn baby here because we can claim his offspring as Australian!”

On a serious note, Border feels that this is the right opportunity for Australia as India are without the services of ‘irreplaceable’ Kohli.

“The one thing that is in Australia’s favour is Virat Kohli playing only the first Test. I think that is a big OUT for India. He is irreplaceable at the moment as a batsman and a leader. Should be 2-1 to Australia,” Border said while interacting with the media.

“Look, I love the way he plays his game; he wears his heart on his sleeve. I like his aggression and passion for the game. India as a team will miss that. He is a special player, has serious talent and is part of this new India — that’s the way I look at it. The way India play the modern game, they have a very positive mindset, and Virat has led the way very well in those areas. I am a big fan,” said Border – who till date holds the record for scoring 150-plus runs in both innings of a Test match.