Guwahati: Finally! Virat Kohli breaks his silence on leaving the Australian tour midway; says, 'I wanted to be back in time to be with Anushka Sharma and our first child'.
The Indian captain had earlier applied for paternity leave, following wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma's pregnancy as she's expected to deliver their first child in the middle of the Australia tour, which has begun today, 27th November.
Kohli would be leaving the Australia tour after the first test match, having played the three ODIs and three T20s prior to that, but will be unavailable for the subsequent three test matches.
Notably, a lot has been said since the news broke out, with many in the public even raising absurd points about Virat Kohli been on some sort of national duty, due to which he apparently doesn't merit paternity leave, treating him like a soldier for some contorted reason. The fact that the captain maintained a dignified silence also this while didn't help his case in this particular matter. Well, thankfully, he has finally broken his silence.
Addressing the media during a virtual press conference, Kohli said, “The decision was made before the selection meeting that I will be flying back before the first Test. It was purely based on the fact that there was a quarantine period in both ways. I wanted to be back in time to be with my wife for the birth of our first child. It is very, very special and a beautiful moment in our lives and that was the reason for my decision that was communicated to the selectors.”