Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who was recently blessed with a baby girl, said becoming a father was the greatest moment of his life. Notably, Virat had to leave Australia after the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to attend the birth of his first child in India.
India had lost the first Test in Adelaide before Ajinkya Rahane led the troops to perfection as the visitors scripted history on Australian soil. Virat Kohli is set to resume his captaincy duties against England for the four-match Test series.
During the pre-match press conference, he was asked how he felt while leaving for India as the birth of his child was a big occasion but his team was also in a spot of bother.
“The two cannot be compared. To me, to become a father has been and will remain the greatest moment of my life. That is something that has to be experienced to understand what I am saying.
“The connection with the team doesn’t go away in any situation, especially when you have given everything for the team, especially for the Test team for the last six years on a daily basis.
“Being motivated to take Test cricket on top, take Indian cricket on top and the whole group has put in so much effort,” Virat said on the eve of the first Test, starting in Chennai from Friday.
Virat revealed that he was watching Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur’s partnership on his mobile before the doctor called him inside. Virat’s wife, Anushka Sharma, had given birth to their daughter, Vamika, on January 11, 2021.
“You are connected invariably and I was watching all the games. In the last Test, when Shardul and Sundar were going through a partnership, I was watching it on my phone just before when we had to go in when the doctor called,” he added.