Australia Tour 2020: Virat Kohli to go on paternity leave after 1st Test match; Rohit to return in the Test squad 

The BCCI also acquainted that Ishant Sharma will be a part of the Test squad subject to fitness while spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out due to his shoulder injury. Sanju Samson has also been added to the ODI line-up as an additional keeper.

On Monday, the BCCI has granted India captain Virat Kohli paternity leave after the first Test against Australia next month. Afterwhich deputy Rohit Sharma will join the red-ball squad after being left out due to a hamstring injury during an IPL match.

Reportedly, Virat will miss three Test matches in Australia to be with his wifey Anushka Sharma as they are all set to welcome their first child in early January.

In a statement Board secretary, Jay Shah stated,"Virat had informed the BCCI about his plans to come back 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."

He also gave an update on Rohit Sharma’s fitness and said he will miss the ODI and T20 series but will be back for the Tests. The BCCI Medical Team has been observing Sharma’s health and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee about the same.

As reported in PTI, “In consultation with Mr Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”


The BCCI also acquainted that Ishant Sharma will be a part of the Test squad subject to fitness while spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out due to his shoulder injury. Sanju Samson has also been added to the ODI line-up as an additional keeper.

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