Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli withdrew from the initial two Test matches against England due to personal reasons, and there’s uncertainty about his participation in the upcoming Rajkot and Ranchi Tests. Kohli’s friend AB de Villiers hinted at the cricketer expecting his second child, though Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma haven’t confirmed this.
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra defended Kohli’s right to maintain privacy, stating that the batsman will share details when he feels comfortable. Chopra emphasized that fans don’t need to know every aspect of a player’s personal life, and respecting their privacy is important.
“AB de Villiers spilled the beans slightly but we have no idea at all what exactly is happening in his life. Personally, I won’t try to find out as well. We will get to hear once he is comfortable. You also don’t know what goes on in my life. I only share what I want to share,” Aakash Chopra commented on his YouTube channel, emphasizing that individuals share aspects of their lives based on personal choices.
“Similarly, you also share with others whatever you want to share about your life. There is no obligation that you need to tell the entire world what’s happening in your life. So Virat Kohli has taken a break. He had asked for privacy through BCCI or BCCI did it themselves, so we will maintain that,” the former India opener added.
In terms of the playing XI, KL Rahul is expected to make a comeback in the third Test against England after missing the Visakhapatnam Test due to a minor injury. Fit to return, Rahul is likely to replace Rajat Patidar in the XI if Kohli remains unavailable, with the latter making his debut in the second Test of the series.