Virat Kohli makes his first appearance since the birth of his son Akaay ahead of RCB’s IPL 2024 season opener: ‘But the white beard? | Cricket

Batting maestro of the Indian team Virat Kohli returned to India after the birth of his child in London. The star batter missed the recently concluded five-match Test series against England due to personal reasons. Kohli was spotted at the Mumbai airport as he made his first appearance since the birth of his son Akaay.

Virat Kohli returns to India. (Photo courtesy: @RcbianOfficial)

Kohli is expected to soon join the Royal Challengers Bangalore training camp for the upcoming Indian Premier League season where his team will face Chennai Super Kings in the opening match on March 22.

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In a video uploaded by Viral Bhayani, some fans started noticing white hairs in his beard.

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The 35-year-old, who recently became a father for the second time, pulled out of the five-match series citing personal reasons. He has been in London for the past few weeks with his wife Anushka Sharma and daughter Vamika. Meanwhile, he announced the news of his newborn son on February 20.

“With lots of happiness and our hearts full of love. we are happy to inform everyone that on February 15, we welcomed our baby boy Akaay/अकाय and Vamika’s little brother into this world! We seek your blessings and your good wishes at this beautiful time in our lives. We kindly request that you respect our privacy at this time. Love and gratitude. Virat and Anushka,” Kohli posted a note.

The batting star was initially named in the Indian squad for the first two Tests, but he withdrew his name days before the opening match and decided to miss the entire series.

Kohli last played for India in January against Afghanistan in the T20I series. Meanwhile, he is expected to participate in RCB’s annual ‘Unbox’ promotional event, scheduled on March 19 in Bengaluru.

The upcoming IPL season will be extremely crucial for Kohli in terms of sealing his place in the T20 World Cup squad which will be played a few days after the cash-rich league. According to a report in The Telegraph, Kohli’s place in the World T20 Championship has not been finalized as the selectors have doubts about Kohli remaining in the T20I scheme of things.

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