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Kohli Had to Explain Why He's Taking Paternity Leave But Internet Still Wants Him to Do 'National Duty'

Anushka Sharma with husband Virat Kohli. (Image: Instagram/Anushka Sharma)

Anushka Sharma with husband Virat Kohli. (Image: Instagram/Anushka Sharma)

'I wanted to be back home in time to be with my wife for the birth of our first child and it is a very very special and very very beautiful moment in our lives and something I truly want to experience,' Virat Kohli said ahead of ODI clash against Australia.

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A lot has been written for and against Virat Kohli's decision to fly back home and be with Bollywood actress-wife Anushka Sharma during the birth of their first child.

His absence from the last three Test matches against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be felt dearly, especially after the stunning 2-1 Test win of India against the Aussies last year.

The news of Kohli taking a leave from duties was met with mixed reactions on social media. On one hand, Kohli fans backed him for choosing family over his work. But there was a section of cricket fans who compared him to veteran MS Dhoni's call to stay back for World Cup duties during the birth of his daughter Ziva.

Also Read: 'Dhoni Didn't See Ziva': Fans Question Kohli on Taking Paternity Leave During Australia Series

On Thursday, a day ahead of the ODI clash, Kohli made his stance very clear over why he chose to return home to be with Anushka.

"I will be flying back after the first Test and that was purely based on the fact that we have a quarantine period both ways and I had explained the same to the selectors during our selection meeting," Kohli said in a virtual conference, a video of which was shared by the BCCI on Twitter.

"I wanted to be back home in time to be with my wife for the birth of our first child and it is a very very special and very very beautiful moment in our lives and something I truly want to experience," the skipper said before adding, "That was the reason behind my decision which was communicated to the selectors during the selection meeting."

Despite being candid about it and explaining the reason directly to his fans and lovers of the sport, Kohli was questioned (again) about his decision. Dhoni's example was cited again to further ridicule Kohli.

There were, however, many who voiced their support for Kohli.

"He is not a soldier, he is an athlete. Family is above anything else. Team India is capable enough to play the Aussies even without him. The guy has been playing nonstop for the past 8-9 years or so, give him some space, he deserves to be with his wife for this precious moment, (sic)" wrote one user in Kohli's defense.

"Mr Virat Kohli had informed the BCCI about his plans to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide,” the BCCI press release read.


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