This is what we all saw on Sunday during the third ODI between India and South Africa in Cape Town: Virat Kohli reached his fifty in the 25th over of India’s innings and the camera then showed Kohli’s wife, Anushka Sharma, holding their daughter, Vamika, cheering this milestone.
Anushka was beaming with elation and clapping happily. Virat Kohli then did the cradle baby celebration. The camera again went back to Anushka who was then seen pointing towards Kohli showing Vamika her father. Another slow-motion video from the broadcasters showed that Vamika, who recently turned one year old, was also slowly and cutely clapping on the landmark achievement of her father.
Well, the images and the videos of Vamika have, unsurprisingly, gone viral on social media. For it was the first time that the fans have had a proper look at little Vamika as Kohli and Anushka have, on a few occasions, requested the paparazzi to not take their child’s photo.
Why? This is what they had posted last month, in December, asking for Vamika’s privacy, this is a statement.
“We seek privacy for our child and would like to do our best to give her a chance to live her life freely away from media and social media. As she is older, we cannot restrict her movement and hence your support is needed so kindly practice (refrain) in the matter. A special thank you to fan clubs and people of the internet for going out of your way to not post images. It was kind and highly mature of you,” the power couple had said in a statement last month.
Fans adored the baby girl, showered love on her, and also noticed her obvious resemblance to Virat Kohli.
#BestMoment of #ViratKohli's life… Seriously waiting for 71st century wana see how he will celebrate will it be old agressive virat or lovely dad with cute celebration#VamikaKohli #AnushkaSharma #BCCIPolitics #BCCI pic.twitter.com/6DWguX7bYx
— विवेक सिंह नेताजी INC (@netaji_vk) January 23, 2022
But, the power couple made another note to the fans and media on Monday morning, causing polarising reactions from netizens.
On their Instagram stories, Virat and Anushka wrote, “Hi guys! We realise that our daughters images were captured at the stadium yesterday and widely shared thereafter. We want to inform everyone that we were caught off guard and didn’t know that the camera was on us. Our stance and request on the matter stays the same. We would really appreciate if Vamika’s images are not clicked/published for reasons we have explained earlier. Thank you!”