The biggest ongoing story in Indian cricket is Virat Kohli’s absence, and Dale Steyn, one of his fiercest rivals on the field, has supported and respected the star Indian cricketer’s decision to spend time with family in instead of playing the five-Test series against England. Kohli, who was expected to miss the first two Tests, is now virtually out of the remaining three games as well, sparking domestic speculation. After brother Vikas quashed “fake news” about his mother’s health being the reason behind Kohli’s absence, AB de Villiers’ revelation that Kohli was expecting his second child seemed to have answered the burning question. However, with De Villiers recanting today, the suspense meter is red hot.
Amid this, fans are divided over Kohli’s call. While some wonder what led her superstar to miss a series of such magnitude, Kohli has not lacked the support of her teammates, Steyn being one of them. The South African great is by Kohli’s side in these difficult times and believes that everything else, including cricket, takes a backseat when it comes to family.
“Family is your most important priority. Sorry, that’s it. That’s the end of the story. I have three dogs and when one of them got sick, I was away from the IPL. I was hopping on the plane from there to see my dog again. So that’s my family. If Virat Kohli has decided to stay home because he wants to be with his wife, if he is going to have his second child, I don’t see any problem with “He has been a servant of India for many years. He has won a World Cup; he has been a successful captain. “I don’t know what else a man can do to prove himself in the world of cricket,” Sunrisers Eastern Cape bowling coach Steyn said ahead of the team’s SA20 Season 2 final against the Durban Super Giants, he said. Hindustan Times.
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There has been absolutely no movement from Kohli. He’s been flying under the radar on Instagram, which is all the more reason why his popular fan base is worried. People have prayed for his well-being on X, Facebook, Instagram… and you really can’t blame them. Even during the birth of his first child, it was known that he would return home after playing the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, but the fact that he mysteriously disappeared, leaving Hyderabad on the same day he landed, The fact that That the BCCI dropped a bomb during its withdrawal two days before the start of the first Test indicates that things could be much more serious than imagined. Let’s not forget that this is the same guy who lost his father and he showed up to his team the next day to play a game that saved the game.
However, the writing was on the wall. Last month, Kohli, initially part of India’s three T20I squad against Afghanistan, was again unavailable for the series opener; The development was confirmed to the public on the eve of the match. Before that, Kohli had not appeared for India in over a month as he had been rested for the T20Is in Australia and the limited overs-led tour of South Africa. He made his long-awaited return in the two-Test series against the Proteas, looking like a billion dollars and was ready to face England before the emergency arrived. Since then everything has been silent. An interim report claimed that Kohli is not even in the country, apparently in London, but nothing concrete. “Kohli hasn’t informed us anything yet,” and that seems to be the narrative in all the major Indian media.
“It doesn’t matter about cricket”
At first, Steyn did not notice his former South Africa teammate De Villiers’ U-turn, but when he did, the pacer decided not to address him and instead channeled his attention towards Kohli. Steyn, de Villiers and Kohli share a close bond – Virat and ABD are as close as brothers. The trio were teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore, sharing the dressing room for two seasons, which further solidified their bond, and in these difficult times, Steyn has Kohli’s back like a rock.
“I think at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter about cricket. What matters is why you are playing and who helped you get there. The people behind you or behind the scenes are the ones that the public doesn’t know about.” Don’t you see, your partner, your mother, your wife, your sister… those are the people who are constantly picking you up and if that means that their health is in danger or that something happens to them, you go with them and that’s the best. important,” Steyn noted.
For those who question Kohli’s decisions and level baseless accusations under the guise of “national duty” (and not a true Viratian Claiming to be his fan would go so far: the message couldn’t be clearer. It is none of your business. If cricket is introduced in the Olympics because of Kohli, it is a national duty that he has fulfilled. If the ICC Cricketer of the Decade has belonged to Kohli, it is a national duty that he has fulfilled. If at 30 years old, Kohli was already called a legend, that… is a national duty. And if thanks to him, more young people find their calling in cricket around the world, that… is a national duty.
Kohli is India’s icon, but that doesn’t mean you can analyze his life.