'What matters is why you're playing...' - Dale Steyn's big statement on Virat Kohli's break from cricket due to family reasons

Dale Steyn, alongside AB de Villiers had shared the dressing room with the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli during his IPL days while playing for RCB.

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Dale Steyn (File Photo: X)

Dale Steyn (File Photo: X)

The cricketing fraternity, including the former cricketers, experts and fans of the game are discussing only one big thing nowadays and that is the absence of Virat Kohli from the high-octane India vs England series. After the statements and opinions from a lot of former cricketers, now the former legendary Proteas pacer Dale Steyn has come up with a statement about Kohli prioritizing his personal life and family.

Dale Steyn also echoed the notion that was raised by the former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, while speaking about the former Indian skipper and his absence from the national squad of the Indian team.

"He's been a servant of India for many years" - Dale Steyn about Virat Kohli 

Steyn also avoided speaking about the statements of AB de Villiers about his long-time RCB teammate and former skipper of the IPL side, Virat Kohli.

“Family is your most important priority. Sorry, that's it. That's the end of the story right there. I've got three dogs and when one of them got sick, I was out of the IPL. I was jumping on the plane out of there to come back and see my dog. So that's my family. If Virat Kohli has decided to sit back home because he wants to be with his wife, if he's going to have his second child, I don't see any problem with that. He's been a servant of India for many years. He's won a World Cup; he's captained with success. I don't know what more a man can do to prove himself in the cricketing world,” Dale Steyn said to Hindustan Times.

“I think at the end of the day, it doesn't matter about cricket. What matters is why you're playing and who helped you get there. The people behind you or the scenes, are the ones the public doesn't see. Your partner, your mother, your wife, your sister… those are the people that are constantly picking you up and if it means that their health is in jeopardy or something is wrong with them, you go to them and that's the most important thing,” he added later.

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