Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma stand as one of India's most admired couples. The cricket icon tied the knot with the renowned Bollywood actress on December 11, 2017. Their family welcomed its newest member, Vamika, in January 2021. When Kohli chose to sit out the initial two Tests against England, speculations arose within the cricketing community regarding the rationale behind his absence.
The former India captain cited "personal reasons" for his decision, although AB de Villiers, a close friend from the cricketing world, suggested during a live session on his official YouTube channel that Kohli was anticipating the arrival of his second child. The star India batter opted out of the first two Test matches against England citing some personal issues which raised a lot of speculation among his fans all around the globe.
"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,” De Villiers said in the video.
Family comes first, it's priority: AB de Villiers
The talismanic South African batter also faced criticism from fans after inadvertently revealing the news. Now, Kohli's ex-teammate from the Indian Premier League (IPL) has acknowledged his mistake in disseminating "inaccurate information." AB de Villiers admitted his error in sharing false information about Virat Kohli's absence, citing family as the top priority. He urged support for Kohli's well-being and hoped for his swift return to cricket, emphasizing the importance of respecting his privacy during this time.
"Family comes first, it's the 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. 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," de Villiers told Bhaskar in an exclusive interview as reported by Circle of Cricket.