It is a well-documented fact that Indian captain Virat Kohli loves setting the example for his peers or teammates by showing unparalleled hunger and zeal to win for the nation. After creating history by winning the first Test of the series in Adelaide, Kohli and Co. will begin their next assignment in Perth from December 14. Through his latest move, Indian skipper once again showed the signs of a true leader as he touched hearts with a sweet gesture. While travelling from Adelaide to Perth, Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma gave away their cosy business class seats to the Indian fast bowlers so that they could get some rest and space before the second Test gets underway later this week.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who is on commentary duties in Australia revealed the incident on his official Twitter account. He said he himself witnessed the moment when Kohli and Anushka give up their business class seats. “Witnessed @imVkohli & his wife give up their Business class seats to allow the Quicks more comfort & space on the trip from Adelaide – Perth !! Danger Australia .. Not only are the quicks more relaxed .. The Skipper is managing his troops with great human touches,” Vaughan wrote.
India’s fast bowling trio of – Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami bowled a total of 123.4 overs between them in Adelaide on a pitch that was not very responsive for the pacers. Their heroic efforts along with off-spinner R Ashwin’s guile and Chesteshwar Pujara’s grit helped India script their first Test win in Australia since 2008. With this victory, the tourists have taken a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Anushka joined Kohli in Australia and the two will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on December 11. The couple had tied the knot in a private ceremony in Tuscany on this day last year.
Vaughan, who is on commentary duties in Australia, said Kohli and Anushka sacrificed the comfort of first-class seats so India’s fast bowlers could get some rest and space before the second Test gets underway later this week.
India’s pacers have had an outstanding year in away Test matches in South Africa and England. While India failed to win either Test series, the likes of Bumrah and Shami can be proud of their efforts.