Was Virat Kohli present at the opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya? Or did the former captain of India train in Hyderabad before the Test series against England? During the grand ceremony that took place in Ayodhya on Monday to consecrate the Ram Temple, Kohli continued to be the talk of the town. Even though Kohli was not there at the particular event, internet users in Ayodhya were drawn to his likeness. Scroll down to read, Fans Surround Virat Kohli Doppelganger in Ayodhya.
Fans Surround Virat Kohli Doppelganger in Ayodhya
On Monday, January 22, the holy city of Ayodhya successfully held the Pran Pratishtha ceremony for Ram Mandir, driving the entire nation into a frenzy. Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted the rituals to dedicate Lord Rama’s idol in their most private residence in addition to attending the occasion. The top names in industry, sports, and entertainment graced the historic occasion, which was witnessed by several notable national personalities. Even though a lot of celebrities attended the sacred event, notable Indian cricket players Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli weren’t there.
When the impostor arrived in Ayodhya, he was met with a thunderous welcome. Following the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha event, fans of Team India surrounded Kohli’s impersonator, who was sporting the Indian cricket team’s shirt. On X, the former name for Twitter, a video of Team India supporters swarming onto the street to get a peek at Kohli’s impersonator went viral.
“At Ayodhya, duplicate Virat Kohli. “People are going crazy after seeing Virat Kohli’s duplicate,” a social media enthusiast wrote in the description of his post.
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Why Virat Kohli Could Not Attend the Ram Mandir Ceremony?
Anushka Sharma, a Bollywood actress, and her husband Virat Kohli were asked to attend the religious ritual at his Mumbai residence. However, the Delhi cricket player was also unable to attend the event due to personal matters.
There were a lot of people who expected that Kohli would be present at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) when it was first stated that he was taking a day off. There was also a suspected video that surfaced, purportedly showing him heading to Ayodhya.
Still, he ultimately was unable to make the event, claiming personal issues. Furthermore, the opening two Test matches of the series against England were impacted by Kohli’s decision to skip the event.
Tendulkar and Mithali attend Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya
The major dedication event of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was attended by fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad, batting great Mithali Raj, former India captain Amil Kumble, and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. “I’m glad to be in Ayodhya visiting the newly constructed Shri Ram Mandir. Everyone who visits is sure to be impressed by its amazing architecture. Tendulkar expressed his gratitude for receiving Shri Ram’s blessings after attending the function. Both two-time World Cup champion MS Dhoni and former India captain Virat Kohli were extended invitations to the consecration ceremony.
Kohli chooses not to play in the first two England Tests
In the forthcoming series, Kohli will miss the first two Test matches against England. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli withdrew from the first two matches for personal reasons. On Sunday, ahead of the first Test match against England, Kohli arrived in Hyderabad. On Monday, though, Kohli was absent from Team India’s optional training session. The 35-year-old’s final Test match for India was during the series against South Africa. After a successful campaign in the ICC World Cup last year, he was rested for the whole white-ball series against the Proteas.