India vs Australia: 'We Were Hoping Virat Kohli's Baby Would be Born Here & We Could Claim Him or her to be an Australian'

Former Australia skipper Allan Border has always voiced his opinion against franchise cricket, and has done that once again. He has once again slammed these leagues, especially the IPL, and said that tournaments like T20 World Cup should be in focus. “I’m not happy with that. The world game should take precedence over local competition. So, the World T20, if that can’t go ahead, I don’t think the IPL can go ahead. I would question that decision it’s just a money grab, isn’t it, that one?” Border had told ABC.

India vs Australia: 'We Were Hoping Virat Kohli's Baby Would be Born Here & We Could Claim Him or her to be an Australian'

Former Australia skipper Allan Border has always voiced his opinion against franchise cricket, and has done that once again. He has once again slammed these leagues, especially the IPL, and said that tournaments like T20 World Cup should be in focus. “I’m not happy with that. The world game should take precedence over local competition. So, the World T20, if that can’t go ahead, I don’t think the IPL can go ahead. I would question that decision it’s just a money grab, isn’t it, that one?” Border had told ABC.

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“The World T20 should take precedence, for sure. The home boards should stop their players going to the IPL if that’s the case,” he added.

But Border is hopeful that the likes of Virat Kohli can keep Test cricket alive. “He [Kohli] is an antagonist and plays aggressively. It is up to players like Kohli and teams like India, England and Australia to keep Test cricket alive from the growing threat of franchise cricket,” Border said.

“We were hoping his baby would be born in Australia so that we can claim him or her to be an Australian!,” quipped the former Australian test captain.

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He also said that without Kohli in last three Tests, Australia can beat India and reclaim the lost trophy.

“The one thing that is in Australia’s favour is Virat Kohli playing only the first Test. I think that is a big ‘out’ for India. He is irreplaceable at the moment as a batsman and a leader. Should be 2-1 to Australia,” Border said.



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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6824 262
5 South Africa 4380 258
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