Mumbai: Former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev has backed current captain Virat Kohli after the latter took paternity leave from the tour of Australia to be with wife Anushka Sharma, who’s due to give birth to their first child in the month of January.
“Don’t think we could afford to go and come back. That’s for sure. Sunil Gavaskar didn’t see his son for many months. It was a different thing. Look, things change. If I talk about Kohli, when his father died, he came back playing cricket the next day. Today he is taking a leave for his baby. It’s fine, you can afford it,” Kapil was quoted as saying on a video conference.
Kapil, who’s also the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian captain, lauded Virat for taking the leave and attending the birth of his newborn.
“You can buy a plane and go back and come back again in three days. I feel happy and proud that today sportsmen have reached a level where they can do this. I’m happy for Virat. He’s coming back to see his family. I understand you have passion but the biggest passion is that he’s having a baby,” he added.
Kohli is currently in Sydney where Team India are quarantining and training ahead of the international fixtures.