PTC News Desk: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers said on Saturday that he checked on Virat Kohli after the Indian batsman withdrew from the first two Tests of the ongoing five-match series against England. AB de Villiers informed his fans and followers that Virat Kohli is doing well and has been spending time with his family and that Kohli and Anushka Sharma are expecting their second child.
AB de Villiers praised Virat Kohli's gesture, saying that family comes first and that the superstar cricketer should not be judged for taking a break to be with his loved ones during this stage of his life.
Virat Kohli withdrew from the first two Tests of the series against England, citing personal reasons. BCCI stated that Kohli discussed the decision with captain Rohit Sharma and team management before withdrawing from the first two Tests of the highly anticipated series.
"All I know is he is fine. He is spending a bit of time with his family, that is the reason he is missing the first two Test matches. I am not going to confirm anything else. I cannot wait to see him back. He is fine, he is doing well," AB de Villiers said.
AB de Villiers mentioned a text message exchange with Virat Kohli before confirming that the former India captain and his wife Anushka Sharma were expecting their second child.
"Let me just see what he said. I just want to at least give you (fans) a little bit of love," he stated. "So I wrote to him 'Been wanting to check in with you (sic) for a while now biscuits. How are you?' to which Kohli said, 'Just need to be with my family right now. I am doing well.'
"Yes, his second child is on the way. Yes, it's family time and things are important to him. If you are not true and genuine to yourself, you lose track of what you are here for. I think most people's priority is family. You can't judge Virat for that. Yes, we miss him. But he has made absolutely the right decision," the former South Africa captain stated.