Virat Kohli makes his first appearance since the birth of Son Akaay and prepares for IPL 2024

Virat Kohli makes his first appearance since the birth of Son Akaay and prepares for IPL 2024

Virat Kohli at an airport© X (Twitter)

Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli, who took a long break from the game during the national team’s 5-match Test series against England, is back on cricket duties. Kohli stayed away from his cricketing duties to be with his wife Anushka Sharma during the final stages of her pregnancy, announced that the couple had been blessed with a baby boy, Akaay. After the birth of Akaay, Kohli continued to leave his cricketing responsibilities aside, but is now back ahead of the start of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Virat was spotted at the airport on his way back to India to join his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was earlier reported that the top-order batter is likely to join his teammates in Bengaluru ahead of the RCB ‘Unbox’ event. The event is scheduled to take place in Bangalore on March 19.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have started their pre-tournament camp without their number one Virat Kohli, who might take a few more days to join in before the team begins their IPL campaign against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on the 22nd. March.

Most of the national players have joined the camp under the leadership of the new head coach Andy Fleur and director of cricket Mo Bobat and they put themselves through their paces on the opening day of camp on Wednesday. While the captain Faf du Plessis was present with the West Indies fast bowler Alzarri JosephKohli, by far the biggest ‘Box Office’ in Indian cricket, is yet to hit the straps after a paternity rift ruled him out of the showpiece five-Test series against England.

“Kohli is expected to join us in the coming days,” a BCCI source, who tracks developments within the IPL teams, had told PTI.

Kohli could make his first appearance for the franchise during ‘RCB Unbox’, a high-profile annual event held in Garden City where fans will get a glimpse of their favorite stars.

With PTI inputs

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