Australia's head coach Justin Langer had this to say about Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer had this to say about Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Sydney: Australia head coach Justin Langer has heaped reward on Virat Kohli, saying the talismanic batsman is “probably the best player” he has seen in his life, including that the absence of the Indian skipper will have an effect on the upcoming Test collection.

“Virat Kohli is probably the best player I`ve ever seen in my life for so many reasons, not only batting but his energy and passion for the game, the way he fields,” Langer informed reporters on Friday by video convention.

“I cannot believe he displays the energy he does in everything he does and I`ve got so much respect for him. I`ve also got respect for him in the sense that he`s made this decision (to return for the birth),” he added.

Kohli`s spouse, actor Anushka Sharma, is due for supply in January and the batting mainstay will return to India after the conclusion of the primary Test in opposition to Australia to be performed on the Adelaide Oval from December 17. However, he’ll participate within the limited-overs collection, which encompass three ODIs and as many T20Is.

“He`s a human being like all of us… if I was giving advice to any of my players I would always say never, ever miss the birth of your children because it is one of the great things you`ll ever do,” mentioned the Australia head coach.

“Of course it will have an impact (his absence), but we also know that India beat us last time (in 2018-19). They`re a very, very good team, we cannot get complacent for a second with or without Virat,” he added.

Meanwhile, off-spinner Nathan Lyon needs to take advantage of his one crack at Kohli this summer time and “get him out cheaply” in the one Test the Indian skipper will function.

“It`s disappointing for the series. You want to play against the best players in the world,” Lyon was quoted as saying by

“I believe he is the best player in the world along with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. It`s disappointing but they have still got superstars,” he added.

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However, Lyon believes Australia can’t be complacent as a result of Kohli`s absence doesn`t imply the house crew would stroll away with the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

“Look at (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Ajinkya) Rahane, and they have also got a couple of young guys coming in. It`s still going to be a massive challenge for us,” mentioned the 32-year-old off-spinner.

“Just because Virat`s not here doesn`t mean we get to hold the trophy up. We`ve still got a lot of work to do, a lot of homework to do,” he added.

The tour will start with the three ODIs on the Sydney Cricket Ground (November 27, 29) and Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 2). That will probably be adopted by the three-match T20I collection at Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 4) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (December 6, 8).

Team India will then start the title defence of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the pink-ball Test in Adelaide from December 17. It will probably be adopted by Tests on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the SCG (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15).

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