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Fans recall AB de Villiers' response to Virat Kohli's prolonged absence from national squad

Updated on: 21 February,2024 03:12 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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The 40-year-old was the first to officially reveal the reason behind Kohli's prolonged absence from the ongoing India vs England Test series at home

Fans recall AB de Villiers' response to Virat Kohli's prolonged absence from national squad

Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers (Pic: AFP)

Virat Kohli son: Star India batter Virat Kohli on Tuesday announced that he and his actor wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby boy on February 15.


"With abundant happiness and our hearts full of love, we are pleased to inform everyone that on 15th February, we welcomed our baby boy Akaay & Vamika's little brother into this world! We seek your blessings and good wishes in this beautiful time in our lives. We request you to kindly respect our privacy at this time," Kohli informed in an instagram post.



Minutes after the announcement, former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers began trending on X. The 40-year-old was the first to officially reveal the reason behind Kohli's prolonged absence from the ongoing India vs England Test series at home. 

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On his Youtube channel a few days ago, De Villiers had claimed that Kohli opted out of the series due to the impending arrival of his second child with actor wife Anushka Sharma. However, a day later, he back-tracked on that statement in an interaction with select media on the sidelines of the ongoing SA T20 league.

"Family comes first, it's priority as I said on my Youtube channel. I also made a terrible mistake at the same time, sharing false information that was not true at all," de Villiers said.

"I just think that whatever is best for Virat and his family comes first, no one knows what's happening there. All I can do is wish him well. Whatever the reason is for this break, I really hope he comes back stronger and better, healthy and fresh and ready to take on the world," he added.

Kohli opted out of India's ongoing five-match series against England earlier, citing to personal reasons. India are leading the five-match Test series against England 2-1.

(With quotes from PTI)

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