‘I made a terrible mistake, shared false information’ – AB de Villiers retracts his statement about Virat Kohli’s 2nd child

In a video on his YouTube account, AB de Villiers revealed that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were expecting their second child.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are one of India’s most respected couples. The great cricketer married the renowned Bollywood actress on December 11, 2017, and the couple welcomed their first child, Vamika, in January 2021.

When Kohli missing India’s first two Tests against England, the cricket establishment began to speculate on why. The former India captain told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he would be withdrawing from the first two Tests for “personal reasons”. However, AB de Villiers, who is one of Kohli’s best cricketing pals, said in a live session on his official YouTube channel that the Delhi batter was expecting the birth of his 2nd child. 

“So, yes his second child is on the way, it’s family time. You cannot judge Virat for that, and yes we miss him but he’s made the right decision. We wish him all the very best for the great blessing of being able to become a father for the second time and All the Best to Anushka as well,” De Villiers said in the video.

The legendary South African batter was subsequently trolled by the fans for leaking the news. Now, Kohli’s former Indian Premier League (IPL) teammate has admitted that he made an error by sharing “false information”.

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“Family comes first, it’s priority, as I said on my YouTube show. I also made a terrible mistake at the same time –  Sharing false information, which was not true at all. So, I just think whatever space for Virat and his family comes first. No one knows what’s happening there. All I can do is wish him well and I think the whole world that follows Virat and enjoys his cricket, must just wish him well and whatever the reason is for this break, really hope that he comes back stronger and better and healthier and fresh and ready to take on the world again,” de Villiers told Bhaskar in an exclusive interview.

According to sources, Kohli might also miss the third and fourth Tests against England. There is also some question around his availability for the fifth and final Test. The team for the last three Tests is likely to be named on Friday, February 9.

The series is tied 1-1 after five matches. England won the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, but India responded with a 106-run victory in Visakhapatnam in the second. The action now shifts to Rajkot for the third Test, which begins on Thursday, February 15.

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