Kohli will be heading back to India after the first Test, as he is awaiting the birth of his first child. Thus, Rahane will be leading the Men in Blue in his absence.
Virat Kohli believes Rahane will enjoy captaining the side for the last three Tests. He also reckons Rahane's batting will only get better with the added responsibility.
The Indian vice-captain's numbers in Australia are quite encouraging, as he has scored 616 runs in eight Tests at a healthy average of 44. He also showed some good form in the first practice game against Australia A where he scored an impressive century.
The 32-year-old looks well-focused and in good shape ahead of the all-important Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
"I am quite excited to see how Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) goes. I think he is someone who will enjoy the responsibility of captaining when I am away. He has played well and I think it is really his time to step up and he will relish that opportunity," Virat Kohli told Steve Smith in a video posted on BCCI's official Twitter page
Hanuma Vihari is a quite solid player and quite exciting: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is also eagerly waiting to see Hanuma Vihari unfold his batting masterclass in Australia. In nine Tests so far, he has scored 552 runs and has an overseas hundred against the West Indies to his name.
His solid technique has impressed the Indian skipper the most. Kohli will be hoping Vihari has a successful Test series with the bat as the latter's form could be crucial to India's chances of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
"The one guy I am really looking forward to seeing bat here is Hanuma Vihari. I think he is a quite solid player and quite exciting and coming up," Virat Kohli asserted.
The first Test between India and Australia will be played at Adelaide from December 17 and will be a Day-Night encounter.
Virat Kohli will be itching to make an impact for the Men in Blue in the first Test before he leaves the Australian shores.Published 16 Dec 2020, 17:20 IST