Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, a celebrated power couple in India, have been in the spotlight recently due to Kohli’s absence from the first two Tests against England. Kohli, the former Indian captain, cited “personal reasons” for opting out, prompting speculation within the cricket community. AB de Villiers, Kohli’s close friend and former IPL teammate, stirred controversy by revealing on his YouTube channel that Kohli was expecting his second child.
In a video, AB de Villiers shared, “So, yes, his second child is on the way, it’s family time. You cannot judge Virat for that, and yes, we miss him, but he’s made the right decision. We wish him all the very best for the great blessing of being able to become a father for the second time and All the Best to Anushka as well.”
However, AB de Villiers later acknowledged his mistake, admitting to sharing false information. He emphasized the importance of prioritizing family and extended his well-wishes to Kohli and his family.
“Family comes first; it’s a priority, as I said on my YouTube show. I also made a terrible mistake at the same time – Sharing false information, which was not true at all. So, I just think whatever space for Virat and his family comes first. No one knows what’s happening there,” AB de Villiers explained in an exclusive interview with Bhaskar.
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He added, “All I can do is wish him well and I think the whole world that follows Virat and enjoys his cricket must just wish him well and whatever the reason is for this break, really hope that he comes back stronger and better and healthier and fresh and ready to take on the world again.”
Amidst uncertainties about Kohli’s availability for the remaining Tests against England, reports suggest that he might miss the third and fourth Tests as well. The squad for the last three Tests is set to be announced on February 9. The ongoing five-match series is evenly poised at 1-1, with England winning the first Test and India securing a 106-run victory in the second. The third Test is scheduled to begin in Rajkot on February 15.