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Friday, January 1, 2021

taking leave .. .. - 'parental leave' !!

Long before the invention and usage of templates – there were specialists who used to tutor writing a leave application -  ‘as I am suffering from fever’ .. . 

Rajnikant, Vijayashanti starrer “Mannan” remake of Kannada film - Anuraga Aralithu,   released in 1992 was a great hit.  In one of the scenes, Rajni and Goundamani would take leave from factory on a false pretext, stand in queue buying ticket for Chinna Thambi on its 175th  day…. the 1st man would  receive a gold chain and the 2nd a golden ring….. winners Rajni and Goundamani would be startled as the prizes would be given in the hands of Vijayashanthi, their factory boss,  to whom they had lied and had come to the movie……..  however  somebody taking leave, a planned holiday at that – should it be criticized  – who is right ? – is the criticism fair ??

Every Organisation would have a leave policy but many a times, employees would have to stand before their bosses pleading leave. Howsoever sincere one would be – still people  do stay away from work, perforce.  While a short absence should not affect, a long absence would sure affect the workplace and in some critical / key positions, even a shorter duration could spell trouble ! There are various types of leave available - generally it is perceived that employees of Govt and PSU enjoy many types of leaves and in most Private companies, the leave is very restricted.  In  most Private companies, the leave is very restricted – even the available ones would lapse as bosses may not sanction leave and then leave balance could get truncated with the closure of year…………………  some types of Leave are : Casual leave; Earned Leave(Privilege leave) ; Sick leave; Maternity Leave, Paternity leave, Bereavement leave; leave for election duty; leave to appear as witness;   *Additional Casual leave*  and more…..…..

Back in 2009 – India under MS Dhoni toured New Zealand playing a   Test match series  for the first time in five years. The tour included three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is. New Zealand won both the T20Is. India won both the ODI series 3–1 and Test series 1–0.

Kiwis were captained by Daniel Vettori, who missed the 3rd One dayer for he became a proud father as his wife Mary gave birth to a baby boy.   A classical left-arm spinner, a reliable lower-order batsman and an excellent leader and mentor: Daniel Vettori was all of these rolled into one, and was rightly considered one of the finest cricketers to emerge from New Zealand.  Vettori remains one of the only three cricketers to have reached the double of 300 Test wickets and 4,000 Test runs, alongside Kapil Dev and Ian Botham. In all, he took 705 wickets in international cricket, 116 more than Sir Richard Hadlee, whom he toppled to become the most successful bowler from New Zealand. 

Of the many leaves available, Parental leave, or family leave, is an employee benefit available in almost all countries. The term "parental leave" may include maternity, paternity, and adoption leave.  Usually it is a paid-leave.   

In 1980 in the Wimbledon finals, a good looking Chris Evert Lloyd played against  and lost to Evonne Goolagong Cawley.  Martina Navratilova was the defending champion, but lost to her rival Chris Evert Lloyd in the semifinals.  Cawley defeated Evert Lloyd in the final, 6–1, 7–6(7–4) to win the Ladies' Singles tennis title.  The second-set tiebreaker in the final was the first tiebreak ever played in the ladies singles final at Wimbledon and the match was the first ever singles final (men's or women's) to end on a tiebreak. Goolagong realized during the 1976 US Open final that she was pregnant and did not play again on the regular tour until the late summer of 1977, continuing through to Wimbledon 1978. An ankle injury forced her to miss the remainder of 1978  and she did not return to competitive play until March 1979.  In 1980, She withdrew from the US Open where she had been seeded fourth, due to a recurring back injury and in the early stages of her second pregnancy.  She is the only mother to have won the Wimbledon title since Dorothea Lambert Chambers in 1914.

Jess Duffin, the senior Australia cricketer, became  the first elite women's player to be covered under Cricket Australia's new policy on parental leave after announcing news of her pregnancy to the cricket board.  Although 30-year-old Duffin last represented Australia in 2015, she was named captain of the team of the season at the last WBBL after scoring 544 runs at an average of 68 for the Melbourne Renegades, making her a serious contender for a spot at the World Cup.  

Now comes the news that Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI and will return home after the first Test of the Australia tour - to be played in Adelaide from December 17. It isn't yet clear whether the Indian captain will be able to return for the remaining Tests but, however long his absence, it is a big blow to the tourists' plans. Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child around the new year, which had put a question mark over Kohli's availability for the full tour, scheduled to run from November 27 to January 19. The tour will start with three ODIs, followed by three T20Is, with the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy played at the end.

In a media statement on Monday, the BCCI said Kohli would return to India after the first Test, which will be India's first day-night Test overseas. The board, however, did not specify whether Kohli would return to rejoin the Indian Test squad at a later stage, though any return would have to negotiate strict quarantine protocols, adding to the time that he would not be available.

Kohli missing Tests is a rare enough occurrence as it is. Since he took over as the regular Test captain from MS Dhoni, on a tour of Australia in 2014-15, he has missed only two Tests (he was captain for the first Test of that series but as a stop-gap arrangement because Dhoni was injured): one with an injury against Australia in the 2017-18 series at home and once when he was rested for India's Test against Afghanistan in 2018. On both occasions, Rahane took over. India won both Tests.  Kohli stands five Tests short of equalling Dhoni's record of most Tests as Indian captain (60), and he stands alone in terms of most wins: 33 in 55 Tests, compared to Dhoni's 27 from 60. Virat  Kohli was the captain when India won a series in Australia for the first time, in 2018-19. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar


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