Virat Kohli put the birth of his first child before cricket. That sends a strong message to Indian men about fatherhood

Virat Kohli during the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2019, in Sydney, Australia.

New Delhi (CNN)In 2015, India's then cricket captain MS Dhoni discovered he had become a father for the first time -- via text message.

Dhoni had skipped the birth of his daughter to compete in the World Cup in Australia, saying: "I am on national duties, so I think everything else can wait."
Five years later, the same dilemma faces another Indian cricket captain. Only this time Virat Kohli has put his family before his profession.
    Kohli announced last month he will quit an important Test series between arch-rivals India and Australia midway in late December to take paternity leave. He is expecting his first child with his Bollywood actor wife, Anushka Sharma, in January.
    India's captain Virat Kohli and his wife, Anushka Sharma,  in Sydney on January 7, 2019.
    "It is a very, very special and a very, very beautiful moment in our lives and something that I truly want to experience," the Indian captain said. Kohli said his decision was influenced by the fact he would have to quarantine in both countries -- meaning if his child was born while he was abroad, he wouldn't immediately be able to fly home and be with his family.
    In cricket-mad India, players are revered almost as demigods, often facing unforgiving expectations. After big losses, their homes have been attacked, effigies of them burned, and their families threatened.