Back in 2011, India lost the England Test series right after the 50-over World Cup triumph. The ODI series started similarly — India losing most of the games. However, a young Kohli, bubbling with confidence, found it tough to digest it, particularly, when an intoxicant fan, quite daringly, walked towards him, enquiring as to why India easily losing all the games without a semblance of a fight. To which, Kohli wasn’t amused. He looked at the fan with utter disgust till the security guard outside the hotel in Cardiff took that temperamental fan away from the Indian cricketer.
Viral Kohli forever!
When he was again at it with his antics in Capetown’s deciding Test against South Africa, it wasn’t a surprise to many. Being denied a wicket, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli told the official broadcaster of the South African board, “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball… and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.”
Kohli, was, of course, trying to bring in the ball-tampering issue that rocked the Australia-South Africa Test series a few years ago when the Proteas’ broadcast team was able to nab the Aussies cricketers tampering with the ball. But he also meant that the ball-tampering could be done by the South African bowlers also, which the official broadcaster may be missing out deliberately.
Does Kohli mean to say that South Africa’s official broadcaster could do something that would antagonize the Indian cricket board? Can we imagine the financial standing of the South African cricket board without the Indian series in the wake of the omicron variant that has gripped the whole world? Perhaps, Kolhi isn’t mindful of those events. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have said what he said by bending his back and blabbering to the stump mic.
So, what is with captain Kohli? Batting-wise, he is showing great calmness and poise. But what happens when he is on the field? Is he still the bad boy of Indian cricket? After a controversy-laden presser before the South African series discussing BCCI for its lack of communication, Kohli continues to be Kohli — wild and short-tempered. Even the board may have given up on him. The policy is to let him be the way he wants.
More than ten years ago, he had shown his middle finger to the Sydney crowd, riled by an abusive group of spectators. It was called Finger-gate, and that was the starting point. Even now, he continues to show his aggression at the drop of a hat.
So what if questioning of the DRS shows in poor light? “Virat is playing like Sachin Tendulkar in the second phase of his career,” former Indian opener WV Raman said while adding that a balance of Virat’s theatrics on the field is just the way he is. But the scope for a balance always remains.