Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are blessed with a baby boy ‘Akaay’, sharing the news on social media

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma announced on Tuesday that they have become parents to a baby boy. The baby named Akaay was born on February 15, the couple announced on their Instagram account. “With great happiness and hearts full of love, we are happy to tell everyone that on February 15, we welcomed our son Akaay and little sister Vamika into this world,” wrote Kohli and Anushka.

Earlier this month, AB de Villiers, Kohli’s long-time teammate at Roya Challengers Bangalore, shared on his YouTube channel that the couple is expecting their second child. De Villers shared excerpts from the text he exchanged with Kohli.

“So I wrote to him and said: ‘I want to see you (sic) now, cookie. How did you do?’. He said: “I really need to be with my family now. I’m doing well.’ Yes, her second child is on the way.

But later, in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, de Villiers admitted: “At the same time, I also made a terrible mistake by spreading false information, which was not true at all. I think the best for Virat’s family comes first. No one knows what’s going on there, all I can do is wish him luck.

Last month, when India announced its squad for the first two of the five Tests against England, the BCCI said in a press release that Kohli would miss the Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam matches “due to personal reasons”. Expecting him to return later in the series, the Indian cricket board said before the Rajkot Test that the former Indian skipper has been ruled out of the rest of the series.

“Virat Kohli will not be available for selection for the rest of the series due to personal reasons. The Board respects and supports Mr Kohli’s decision,” the BCCI said.

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