Bangalore, Aug 22: Virat Kohli and his bollywood actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma "were planning to get married" and hence granted permission to stay together in England, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Kohli and his team-mates, who are under fire for performing poorly in the recently concluded Test series against England, were blamed for flop show due to the presence of wives and girlfriends by BCCI. Kohli too had a very poor Test series with just 134 runs in 10 innings.
Now, when questions are raised why Kohli was given permission to have his girlfriend Anushka during the Test series in England, a BCCI official has claimed they gave the green signal as they were told that the duo will "marry" soon.
"The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli's plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn't the first time such a thing was happening. A captain's girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well," an unnamed BCCI official told "Mail Today" yesterday (August 21).
The official also said how Kohli would keep Anushka's presence in England away from the media. He would "handle the media attention", the official said.
"When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn't let the cat out of the bag," he said.
"Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind," he added.