In what comes as a big blow for Team India ahead of the five-match Test series against England, the batting maestro Virat Kohli has opted out of the first two Test matches and is expected to return for the third match in Rajkot.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that Virat Kohli has informed Indian captain Rohit Sharma about his decision to miss the first two Test matches. BCCI will soon name his replacement.
While the decision has taken many by surprise, there is widespread curiosity among fans regarding the rationale behind Virat Kohli’s choice to sit out the first two Test matches.
Why Isn’t Virat Kohli Playing In The First Two Test Matches?
Given the widely known fact that Virat Kohli’s wife, Anushka Sharma, is expecting, there’s a strong possibility of the delivery being near. Being a supportive husband, Virat Kohli has chosen to take a break to be with his wife during this crucial time.
Back in 2021, Virat Kohli opted for paternity leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India while India was touring Australia. He chose to be with his wife, Anushka Sharma, during the birth of their first child, Vamika.