By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
It was indeed a ‘Happy’ New Year for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma as eleven days into 2021, the couple had embraced parenthood with the arrival of their daughter. Ever since “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021” popped up on our social media timelines with Virat and Anushka, happily posing for a picture to announce their pregnancy, we all had eagerly waited for Virushka’s baby this year. On January 11, 2021, Virat had taken to his social media handle to announce the best news of their lives as Anushka had given birth to their daughter, Vamika. With Virat’s ‘V’ and Anushka’s ‘Ka’ combined with ‘Ami’, ‘Vamika’ is special in her own way! (Also Read: Abhishek Bachchan And 'Little Lady', Aaradhya Bachchan's Unseen Picture Captures Their Special Bond)
Post the birth of Vamika, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma had amped up the security at the Breach Candy Hospital, where she was admitted. In an official statement, the couple had asked the paparazzi and media to not click their baby girl and promised them the content of theirs but not their daughter's. Paparazzi too, had respected Virat and Anushka’s request for their daughter’s privacy and the same was seen when for the first time, newbie parents were clicked outside a clinic after a check-up session of their newborn. By not clicking their daughter, paparazzi captured beautiful pictures of the newbie parents, Virat and Anushka, who had happily posed for the shutterbugs and thanked them later for understanding their request.
For the first time after the birth of his daughter, Vamika, Virat Kohli expressed how it feels to be a father. For Vamika’s birth, Virat had taken a paternity leave for which he had to leave Australia after the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In an interaction with Times Now, when Virat was asked how he had felt while leaving for India as the birth of his child was a big occasion but his team was also in a spot of bother, he said, “The two cannot be compared. To me, to become a father has been and will remain the greatest moment of my life. That is something that has to be experienced to understand what I am saying. The connection with the team doesn’t go away in any situation, especially when you have given everything for the team, especially for the Test team for the last six years on a daily basis. Being motivated to take Test cricket on top, take Indian cricket on top and the whole group has put in so much effort.”
Virat Kohli had applied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for paternity leaves and he was granted the permission to return to India after the series opener of the India-Australia Test tour. In a clip posted on the official Instagram handle of Team India, Virat had spoken about his decision to be there for the birth of his first child. He was quoted as saying, "The decision was made before we had the selection meeting, and I explained the same to selectors that I will be flying back after the first Test. It was purely based on the fact that we have a quarantine period both ways. I wanted to be back home in time to be with my wife for the birth of my first child. It is a very, very special and very, very beautiful moment that I want to experience." (Also Read: Dilbaro Singer, Harshdeep Kaur Is Set To Welcome First Child With Hubby, Mankeet Singh In March 2021)
Since the day when Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma had welcomed their little princess, Virushka fans had waited with bated breath to get a glimpse of their newborn daughter. The wait had finally come to an end as Anushka had posted their first-ever family picture to announce the name of their newborn daughter. Anushka had captioned the post as “We have lived together with love, presence and gratitude as a way of life but this little one, Vamika has taken it to a whole new level! Tears, laughter, worry, bliss - emotions that have been experienced in a span of minutes sometimes! Sleep is elusive but our hearts are SO full. Thanking you all for your wishes, prayers and good energy.” On her post, Virat had commented, “My whole world in one frame.”
To announce the arrival of their baby girl, Virat Kohli had written, "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." (Also Read: Samisha Shetty Kundra's Resemblance With Raj Kundra Will Make You Say, 'Like Father, Like Daughter')
Sending lots and lots of love for Virat, Anushka and baby Vamika!