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.
• 2011 World Cup-winner
• 21,901 runs, 70 centuries in intl. cricket
• Most Test wins as Indian captain
• Leading run-getter in T20Is (Men's)
Wishing #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli a very happy birthday. 👏🎂
Let's revisit his Test best of 254* vs South Africa 🎥👇
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 5, 2020
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.
❤️🌅 pic credit – @ABdeVilliers17 pic.twitter.com/YhCqV9qGlE
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 18, 2020
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.
🚨 JUST IN: Virat Kohli will be granted paternal leave after the #AUSvIND Test in Adelaide. He will return to India after the first game. pic.twitter.com/EFQfajppbE
— ICC (@ICC) November 9, 2020
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Feature Image Credit: Anushka Sharma/Instagram