Kohli reveals doing this at hospital when doctors called him in for daughter Vamika’s birth; check out- Virat Kohli revealed that he was following Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur’s record partnership in the Brisbane Test from the hospital when the doctor called him in.
Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with a baby girl at a private hospital in Mumbai last month. Kohli had returned from Australia after playing the first Test in Adelaide in December 2020 to be with Anushka through the final days of her pregnancy.
Notably, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur had put on a 7th wicket partnership worth 123 off 217 balls to lay down the foundation of India’s historic win at the Gabba. India had then pulled off a historic three-wicket win at Gabba thanks to Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 89-run knock which helped the visitors realize the dream of an outright series win. The win at the Gabba on the final day meant that India have won an unprecedented back-to-back Test series Down Under.
“Was actually watching Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur’s partnership at Brisbane on my phone just before the doctor called me in,” Virat Kohli said in a media interaction ahead of the first Test against England.
“Becoming a father has been the greatest moment of my life. I can’t compare it to a series win. But the connection to the team doesn’t go away even if I’m not there. We are invariably connected and I was watching all the action.
“Our team’s identity is one we have created over the years – we always want to win and draw is last resort. We have persisted with this will to win match by match, series by series. When we saw the results, we realized this is how we want to play,” Kohli added.
“I can never lose my love for cricket and I was always connected to my team even when away. I will continue to enjoy my cricket and taking Indian cricket forward and that is how it will be till the day I retire,” Kohli further said.
On the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Kohli said: “The pitch is a normal Chepauk pitch. It’s a nice batting track with spinners getting assistance. But the track is good enough for fast bowlers to stay in the game also, so generally, it is a good cricketing wicket.”
On the eve of the first Test against England, Kohli was asked to express the range of emotions he felt about becoming a father and not being part of one of India’s greatest series wins.
“Firstly I don’t think the two can be compared. Becoming a father has been and will remain the greatest moment in my life, in both our lives. That is something to be experienced to understand what I am saying.
“Secondly, the connection to the team does not go away in any situation. Especially when you have given everything to the team. Especially when you have worked for the last six years on a daily basis to take Indian cricket on top,” Kohli said.