New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said that the departure of skipper Virat Kohli would give India a “void” on their Australia Test tour, but said it would be a golden opportunity for the younger player.
Kohli will lead the team before returning home for the birth of his first child in four Tests starting on December 17 in Adelaide.
In these three forms, there have been calls from some veterans to permanently hand over some of their leadership duties to the Indian captain Kohli.

Sachin will not join that debate, but said India’s “bench strength” will help as they seek to win a second straight Test series in Australia.
“There is no doubt (Kohli) when you lose an experienced player like this,” record-runner and former India captain Sachin said in an interview with AFP.
“But we understand, it is not about the individuals. It is about our team and the best part of Indian cricket is the bench strength right now,” he said.

“So Virat needs to come back for personal reasons and some youngsters are going to get a chance to play in their place and that is an opportunity for someone else.”
Australia defeated India 2-1 in the ODI series, with the tourists reeling from the T20Is.
Kohli’s men, who enjoyed a historic first Test series win in Australia on their last tour in 2018-19, know this is a tough proposition.
Australia is slightly ahead of India in the World Test rankings and the Adelaide game is India’s first day-night five-day match on foreign ground.
The 47-year-old said Tendulkar was strong enough for the current Australian team, with prominent batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith being out of ball tampering suspensions two years ago.
“He’s got three key players since the last time Australia played India. He’s got Warner, Smith and (Marnus) Labuschagne back on the team,” Sachin said.
“It’s a very good team compared to the previous team. When you don’t have a couple of senior members, all of a sudden you feel that void and Australia felt the same way.”
But Sachin insists that India’s bowling attack, led by fiery Jaspreet Bumrah and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, is also strong and may challenge Australia.
“Every era should be kept separate. I don’t like to compare,” he said, calling it a powerful attack by India.
“But I can say this (India) was a complete bowling attack. So it doesn’t matter what kind of surface you’re playing, you covered all sides.
“You’ve got bowlers who can swing the ball. When it comes to differences and odds, there is.
“Somebody hits the deck hard. We’ve got a wrist spinner. We’ve got finger spinners.”
A right-handed batting maestro, Sachin made his debut for India at the age of 16 in 1989 and set batting records before retiring in 2013.


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