Australia coach Justin Langer has expressed respect for Indian captain Virat Kohli going on paternity leave. "In my view, Virat is undoubtedly the best player in the world," Langer said in an interaction with the media. Not only his batting but also his energy and passion towards the game is a great compliment. Regarding Virat's paternity leave decision, my respect for him has increased further.
He said, "Virat is also a human being like all of us. It is the same with Ken Richardson.
He too did not participate in the IPL so that he would be present with the family at the time of his son's birth. So I would advise all my players to always be present when your child is born. It will be a great experience. Virat is also a human being, and I respect his decision. Significantly, Virat and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child early next year. Virat sought paternity leave for this and the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has granted him paternity leave.