Australia’s Steve Smith said that Virat Kohli’s failure to play in the last three Tests would be a big loss for India, but fans and stakeholders should understand that Kohli is also a human being and has a life outside cricket. Kohli will play in the day-night format test starting in Adelaide from 17 December, but will return home for the birth of his first child thereafter.

Smith told the media in an online chat with Adelaide, “There is no doubt that this is a big loss for India. We all know that Virat is a world class player. We all know that he likes to play here, But he is also a human being, outside of cricket he also has a life, a family.

He said, “At the time of the birth of his first child he wants to be praised for that. We all know how much he likes to play in Australia, so the credit goes to him for being there when he was a child.” Smith was banned for one year due to ball tempering in a Test match played in Cape Town in 2018 and that is why he did not play in the last Test series against India. Smith was also Australia’s captain at the time of the ball tempering controversy.