IND vs AUS Boxing Day Test: As the Indian cricket team is preparing for the Boxing Day Test, commencing on Dec 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is expected to become a father in the first week of Jan 2021, will miss the remaining three Tests against Australia as he is on paternity leave granted by the BCCI. Due to captaincy of Team India has now shifted to Ajinkya Rahane for the remaining matches. Cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the 'double standards' of Indian team management as Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer was apparently not given paternity leave for the birth of his child during IPL 2020.
Tamil Nadu left-arm rookie pacer T Natarajan, who made his international debut days after having become a father, traveling directly to Australia with Team India squads to appear on the big stage against the Aussies. Meanwhile, Natarajan has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2020.
Cricket legendary Sunil Gavaskar also alluded to the example of veteran spinner R Ashwin who has suffered within the Indian cricket team because of his gentleman-game-spirit to the extend that he always has had to fight for his place in the playing XI team.
Sunil Gavaskar, writing in his column for See latest. Gavaskar said “(T Natarajan) had become a father for the first time even as the IPL playoffs were going on. He was asked to stay on for the (Australia) Test series but not as a part of the team but as a net bowler. Imagine that. A match-winner, albeit in another format, being asked to be a net bowler. He will thus return home only after the series ends in the third week of January and get to see his daughter for the first time then. And there is the captain (Virat Kohli) going back after the first Test for the birth of his first child.”
Gavaskar ended up his column with the sentence which read, “That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me ask Ravi Ashwin and T Natarajan.”