The Indian team management has denied reports that vice-captain Virat Kohli directed abused a senior journalist in Perth on Tuesday. Earlier, we reported that Virat Kohli mistook him for another journalist, whose daily had carried a story about Kohli’s relationship with Anushka Sharma.
In an email to the Indian media contingent in Perth, the media manager Dr RN Baba said, “There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used, Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and matter ends.”
However, the journalist who was at the receiving end, Jasvinder Sidhu of Hindustan Times has penned his account of the incident in his report, has said that he could clearly hear expletives being directed at him. Some of the journalists standing close by also stated that abusive language was used.
But the team management claims that Virat Kohli contacted the journalist, but in his report, it is clear that the Indian batsman spoke to another scribe and not to him directly. Kohli is known for his exuberant character and the latest incident is a nadir for him. The latest incident mars his growing reputation. Starting off as a brash youngster a few years ago, he has matured a lot to become India’s Test captain.