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03 March 2024

Is Virat Kohli the 'spoilt brat' of Indian cricket team?

By Ajanta Paul

With great power comes great responsibility - Ben Parker (Spiderman).

And to my understanding the more successful one becomes in life, the greater is their influence, and more multilayered is their responsibility.

Virat Kohli is the poster boy of Indian cricket team; a prolific batsman who wears his aggression on his sleeve.

Ever since he was spotted as a young cricketer after winning the U-19 World Cup in 2008, Virat enjoyed the complete media attention.

His aggression and grit to win and eye for an eye attitude with opposing players are loved by fans.

But his aggression soon started spilling on to fans at stadiums, reporters and teammates as well. His cup runneth over with his arrogance.

A batsman par excellence on field but off field his irresponsible behaviour has shell-shocked cricket fans and scribes who never stopped praising Kohli's cricketing exploits.

His abusive persona, which erupts from time to time, was on show once again in Perth, when Team India was training at the Murdoch University ground.

Virat hurled abuses without provocation to an Indian journalist whom he thought had written a piece on him and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma.

But it was a case of mistaken identity. But even if he had penned anything on Anushka and Virat I see nothing wrong in it.

If Presidents, Prime Ministers, business tycoons are written about what privilege Kohli holds to be spared?

And his arrogance has no bound; Virat did not even feel obliged to apologise to the scribe after realising his mistake.

India's Test captain abused the Hindustan Times reporter mistaking him for The Indian Express's Sports Editor.

The reporter had written that in a departure from the past, the BCCI had given permission to Virat Kohli to bring his girlfriend, actress Anushka Sharma, on the England tour and stay in the same hotel.

The reporter just stated the fact and stands by his article.

Team's media manager moved in quickly to limit the damage that was already done.

This, of course, is not the first time the brash batsman behaved unethically.

On the current tour, the Australian players have branded him a spoilt brat because of his aggressive body language and penchant to celebrate milestones by mouthing abuses.

He had also allegedly cut loose in the team dressing room during one of the Tests in Australia when he was asked to go in to bat at short notice after Shikhar Dhawan pulled up unfit at the last minute.

Kohli is believed to have had a nasty showdown with his teammate though it was vehemently denied by the team management later. Dhoni described it as 'unrest' in the ranks.

A verbal duel between KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir and Kohli during an IPL clash took fans by surprise.

Kohli had once got involved in a spat with photographers in Nagpur.

At Sydney Cricket Ground, angry Kohli had once stuck out his middle finger on camera at an abusive group of spectators.

In a tense IPL game against hosts Mumbai Indians, Kohli lost his cool after being targetted by a section of the crowd and retaliated by giving it back.

So, you see Kohli is a serial offender.

Despite all that is being written about his aggression, Kohli will no doubt go on to perform on field.

He will cross many more milestones but how will he be remember as - an ill-mannered batsman who excelled only on field, or a batsman in the ranks of Sachhin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid who won the love and respect of fans, colleagues and journalists all around the world?

When the time will come to take over the captaincy baton will he be the dignified cricketer, a captain cool or the brash abusive Indian player?

He is definitely a young batsman, full of talent, but this is certainly no way to behave in public.

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