New Delhi: Known for his perfect moves on the field as well as his good looks, ace cricketer Virat Kohli has been winning hearts all over the world.
He is undoubtedly one of the most dominating batsmen the world has seen at present. But, as agile and in-control of the bat as he may be on the field, he has not been very controlling where his temper on the pitch is concerned.
His temper has also made headlines a number of times, the most recent one being during the ongoing test series at Mohali, when a war of words ensued between him and Stokes after the latter was dismissed.
In an interview to a leading daily, Virat Kohli even admitted to having a high temper, saying that his temper has always been an issue.
Below are a few instances where he lost his cool on the field:
1. Sydney Test, 2011-12: It was during one of these matches held in Australia that Virat Kohli was fined 50% of his match earnings, after he was seen giving holding up his middle finger in response to some provocation by the crowd.
He later defended himself on Twitter saying, “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I’ve heard.”
2. Waving his bat at Australian players: This incident took place when he was just about to make his maiden test century against Australia in Adelaide. He got into a spat with the players of the Aussie team just as he was looking for a quick single to complete his 100, when he almost got run-out at 99. Ricky Ponting had to intervene after which, Kohli calmed down and went to make his century.
3. The Kohli-Gambhir spat (IPL 2013): This is one of the most famous confrontations. So heated was the argument that it went on to become a full-fledged controversy. The incident took place during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. After being dismissed by Lakshmipathy Balaji, KKR captain Gautam Gambhir muttered a few words to Kohli, which provoked retaliation out of him. Both the angry players charged toward each other, while other players intervened and controlled the situation.
4. The Kohli-Johnson argument: During the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in December 2014, Kohli and Mitchell Johnson indulged in a spat of sorts when Johnson collected the ball after a forward push from the right-hander and threw it straight back in his direction. But the ball, instead of hitting the stumps as was seemingly intended, hit Kohli on the back of his right leg. This resulted in a heated argument, with the hostility continuing throughout the game.