As expected the Instagram post received thousands of likes and comments and netizens were quick to jump to the conclusion that the photo was that of the power couple’s newborn.
However, Vikas on Tuesday took to his Instagram handle to put out a clarification stating that the photo he shared on his verified Instagram handle wasn’t that of Anushka and Virat’s baby girl but a “random” image that he used to congratulate the couple.
In his clarification post Vikas wrote, “Guys let me clarify that the picture I posted yesterday to congratulate Anushka and Virat is a random picture and not the actual picture of the baby …as some media channels are reporting…posting to clarify (sic).”
For the unversed, Virat and Anushka were blessed with a baby girl on January 11.
Virat took to his Instagram account to share the news of their baby girl’s birth.
He wrote, “We are thrilled to share with you that we have been blessed with a baby girl this afternoon. We thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes. Anushka and the baby are both healthy and we are feeling beyond blessed to start this new chapter of our lives. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Love, Virat.”
Virat Kohli, the captain of India’s cricket team, was granted paternity leave by the Board of Cricket Control in India or BCCI and flew home from Australia towards the end of December after playing the first of a four-match Test series. In his absence, the team is being captained by Ajinkya Rahane.
Recently, in an interview with Vogue India, Anushka also spoke about raising a child under the media spotlight and engage the baby on social media. Maintaining that both Virat and she would like to retain normalcy and privacy, Anushka averred, “We’ve thought about it a lot. We definitely do not want to raise a child in the public eye—we don’t plan on engaging our child in social media. I think it’s a decision your child should be able to take. No kid should be made to be more special than the other. It’s hard enough for adults to deal with it. It’s going to be difficult, but we intend to follow through.”