Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has done a U-turn on the reason for Virat Kohli’s absence in the first two Test matches against England. AB de Villiers apologized for sharing “false information” about Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.
Virat Kohli opted out of the first two Tests of the five-match series against England at home. According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, the 35-year-old batsman is expected to miss the third and fourth Tests and is unsure for the fifth and final match of the series.
I made a terrible mistake at the same time – AB de Villiers
In a recent interview, AB de Villiers admitted to spreading false information about Virat KohliKohli’s personal life, clarifying that Kohli is not expecting a child. De Villiers said everyone should respect her privacy during this time and hope for her speedy return to cricket.
“Family comes first, as I said previously on my YouTube channel. I also made a terrible mistake by sharing false information, which was not true at all. So I think what’s best for Virat and her family comes first. Nobody knows what is happening there. “All I can do is wish him the best.” said de Villiers.
“Everyone who follows Virat and enjoys his cricket must only wish him the best. Whatever the reason for this hiatus, hopefully he will come back stronger and better.” he added.
De Villiers shared the dressing room with Virat Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The duo developed a strong friendship during their time and shared numerous moments on the field for the franchise.
Virat Kohli’s second child is on the way – AB de Villiers
Earlier, AB de Villiers created a stir on social media by claiming that Virat Kohli’s second child was on the way. De Villiers highlighted the importance of family and personal priorities.
“Yes, so your second child is on the way, it’s family time, it’s a priority for your family and things are important to you. If you are not genuine with yourself, you lose track of what you are here for and why you are on earth. I think most people’s purpose is family, you can’t judge Virat for that. You miss him but he has made the right decision.” De Villiers added.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma became parents for the first time in January 2021 and welcomed their daughter Vamika. The celebrity couple has chosen to keep their daughter out of the public eye, keeping a low profile despite her high profile in the media.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not revealed why Kohli is absent from the home red-ball series. Kohli’s last appearance for the Indian team was in the third T20I against Afghanistan in Bengaluru, where he was dismissed for a golden duck.
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