Virat Kohli withdraws from remaining India vs England Tests amid Anushka's pregnancy speculations
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah, confirmed Kohli's decision, emphasizing the board's full support and respect for the cricketer's personal circumstances.
Published: Saturday,Feb 10, 2024 07:20 AM GMT-07:00
Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, has officially communicated his withdrawal from the remaining three Tests against England, citing personal reasons. The decision brings an end to weeks of speculation surrounding Kohli's absence from the series and puts to rest various rumors circulating in the media.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah, confirmed Kohli's decision, emphasizing the board's full support and respect for the cricketer's personal circumstances. Kohli, who had missed the initial two Tests in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, had been the subject of intense scrutiny, with many conjectures pointing towards his absence being linked to his family life.
Rumors about Kohli's personal reasons, particularly concerning his wife, Anushka Sharma's rumored second pregnancy, had gained significant traction in recent days. Former South African cricketer AB De Villiers had inadvertently added fuel to the fire by mentioning the pregnancy speculation in a YouTube video, only to retract his statement later, emphasizing the importance of respecting Kohli's privacy and family commitments.https://twitter.com/BCCI/status/1756183500737425906
Despite the flurry of conjectures, Kohli's decision to prioritize personal matters over cricket has been met with understanding and support from the cricketing fraternity and fans alike. As the BCCI extends its support to Kohli, the focus shifts towards ensuring his well-being and providing the necessary space for him to address his personal affairs.
While the exact reasons for Kohli's withdrawal remain undisclosed, the cricketing world collectively echoes sentiments of goodwill and hopes for the best for Kohli and his family.
As cricket enthusiasts await further updates on Kohli's situation, the priority remains on respecting his privacy and allowing him the time and space to navigate through his personal commitments.