Ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion between Rohit Sharma’s Team India and South Africa, Virat Kohli, the seasoned batter, reportedly had to return home on Friday due to a family emergency.
Earlier, it was stated that Virat Kohli returned home due to a family emergency; however, subsequent reports clarified that he was actually on a pre arranged trip to London with his wife and daughter.
“Virat Kohli wasn’t going to play that game. The team management was aware of his plan and schedule, and it isn’t something that happened overnight or due to a family emergency. Look at the player in question, it’s Virat Kohli. He is very well planned when it comes to these things and his London trip was communicated and planned well in advance,” a BCCI official told news platform News18.
“Kohli left India for South Africa on December 15. Had good 3-4 training sessions before he went to London on December 19. For the next few days, he was in London and has now linked up with the Test squad and will in all likelihood train in Centurion tomorrow,” the official added.
Will Virat Kohli Play the First Test?
Both Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma were seen in the net session, engaging in batting practice ahead of the upcoming Boxing Day Test scheduled to be held at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Virat Kohli, having returned from his London trip will play the first Test against South Africa. It will be the first time the batting icon will be seen in action after the World Cup 2023 final.