Another former India cricketer criticizes Kohli for paternity leave
India captain Virat Kohli will leave Australia before the second Test against Australia because he decides to stay besides his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. The decision has been criticized by many former India cricketers. This time, another former cricketer has been added in that list too.
Kohli had made the decision before the Australia series. The cricketer will be the father of his first child in January. However, he may not have thought that he would be criticized so much before going on holiday.
India’s lowest score in the Test against Australia (36 all-out), creating more controversy. However, Kohli is adamant in his decision. The former cricketers could not accept Kohli’s decision in this situation of the team. According to them, the duty towards country comes first before the family. This time, the country’s former cricketer Dilip Doshi said the same thing about Kohli.
“To me, captaining India would be the prime-most thing on my mind. It’s a sinking ship. This is the time when they need their captain the most. If you leave at this time, you are leaving the side to your deputy with a lot of questions unanswered. I only hope and pray that the team shows enough character to come out of this,” Doshi told Sportskeeda in a video interview.
“I know this is a modern phenomenon that people believe that they ought to be by the side of their family and spouses when they deliver a child. I understand all that. But when you are on a national duty… If I put myself in his shoes, I wouldn’t have gone. For me, national duty comes before everything else.
“This is a highly individual and institutional approach. Legally, you cannot stop somebody doing that. The cricket board cannot have a rule saying the players cannot go and be on the side of their spouses for such an occasion. Personally, I wouldn’t have gone,” added Doshi.
The left-arm spinner Doshi played 33 Tests and 15 ODIs for India. He took 114 wickets in 33 Tests and 22 wickets in ODIs.