Team India captain Virat Kohli will play only the first Test in the upcoming tour of Australia and will miss the last three. Why? Because, on Monday, the soon-to-be dad has been granted paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The tournament is scheduled to start on December 17, however, after the first Test match, Kohli would take some time off from cricket and return home for the birth of his first child, BCCI confirmed in an official release.

“At the selection committee meeting held on October 26th, 2020, Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide,” the release stated. The BCCI also noted that Kohli has been “granted paternity leave” and that he will return home as per request.

Earlier, expressing excitement of becoming a father soon, Kohli opened up in an interview with RCB’s YouTube channel and said, “It is (an incredible feeling). It puts things in perspective for you… It’s a beautiful feeling, that’s all I can say. It’s very difficult to describe how you feel but ya, when we found out obviously we were over the moon and then, when we announced recently, the kind of love that was showered on us… genuinely people were so emotional and happy for us. Ya, we’re really looking forward to that third member joining the clan.”

He has been super busy playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Soon to be mother Anushka Sharma is currently in Dubai with husband and Indian skipper Kohli.

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Recently, Kohli took to Twitter to share a romantic picture of him and Sharma.

Recently, the video showing Kohli checking on his pregnant wife if she had eaten was widely praised on social media. Sharma and Kohli’s first child together is due in January 2021 as per reports.

Also Read: Watch: Why Anushka Sharma And Virat Kohli’s Mid-match Conversation Is Winning Hearts

Feature Image Credit: Anushka Sharma/Instagram

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