Former South Africa cricket captain AB de Villiers has retracted his recent revelation regarding Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma expecting their second child. De Villiers admitted to sharing false information on his YouTube channel, clarifying that Kohli's absence from cricket is due to personal reasons, not family matters.
In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, de Villiers acknowledged his mistake, stating, "Family comes first, it's the priority. I made a terrible mistake by sharing false information." He emphasized Kohli's right to prioritize family and wished him well for his return to cricket.
De Villiers' initial disclosure had sparked widespread speculation about Kohli's absence from the Indian cricket team. However, his retraction has added a layer of uncertainty to the situation, leaving fans and pundits questioning the true reason behind Kohli's extended break.
Kohli, who missed the first two Tests against England, is expected to remain unavailable for the upcoming matches as well. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to confirm Kohli's status for the remainder of the series.
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Despite the ambiguity surrounding Kohli's absence, he continues to receive support from fellow cricketers and fans for prioritizing family commitments over professional obligations. Nasser Hussain, former England captain, echoed de Villiers' sentiments, emphasizing the importance of respecting Kohli's decision.
As the cricketing world awaits further updates on Kohli's return, the saga surrounding his absence persists, with speculation mounting about the BCCI's delayed announcement of the India Test squad.
With the situation still unfolding, cricket enthusiasts remain eager for clarity on Kohli's status and the subsequent impact on the ongoing India-England Test series.