Indian captain Virat Kohli became father to a beautiful girl in January 2021 whom they named Vamika, after his wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma gave birth. Kohli had been on the tour of Australia but had already taken paternal leave from the BCCI to skip the last three Test matches of the series.
There was a lot of noise made, as Kohli left for home despite India losing the first Test in Adelaide by 8 wickets, after getting bowled out for 36 in the second innings. But Kohli didn’t want to miss the chance to see his first child coming into this world. He had even taken Anushka Sharma to UAE with him for the IPL 2020, where the whole franchise had celebrated their good news.
It’s Been An Amazing Time, Virat Kohli On Becoming A Father
Virat Kohli had a lot to say on becoming a new parent in an interaction on Forbes India Leadership Awards 2021. He shared how excited he was about becoming a father and the early days of fatherhood.
“It’s been an amazing, amazing time. Ever since I came back from Australia, just to be able to be present for the birth of our daughter was something that is very difficult to explain in words something that I will cherish it for the rest of my life.
I would not have missed it for anything in the world. Unless you are there, you cannot understand the impact it has on you as a human being to witness the life being born and your own child, it’s something magical,” Kohli said.
Enjoying Every Moment Of It: Virat Kohli
Kohli went on to add that now Anushka and the baby are with him and he is doing everything to help out in any way he could.
“When you are fully committed and fully tuned in for doing the responsibilities of becoming a parent, I don’t think anything seems that difficult. I had to leave after 17-18 days. But I understand how things are and I would have loved to be right beside Anushka for the time that I was away.
But now the family is with me, so I’m helping wherever I can. Once you are in that space, I don’t think seems like that difficult, so I am just relishing and enjoying every moment of it,” Kohli added.
Kohli will now lead the Indian team against England in the five T20I matches at the Motera, Ahmedabad.