New Delhi: In 2012, when the first time Virat Kohli played a Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), he ended up paying 50% of his match fees as fine for showing his middle finger to a section of crowd on Day 2 of the second Test.
Kohi was patrolling the boundary-line when some section of the crowd got the better of his nerves. They started taunting and abusing the 24-year-old, and the temperamental Kohli retaliated then and there to level the scores.
The on-field incident is better know as “fingergate” among the Australian media.
Now, India are scheduled to play their Boxing Day Test at MCG starting December 26, which is known for their notorious spectators.
With pressure certainly on the visitors as they are trailing 2-0 in the four-match series, Kohli won't be expecting a warm reception at least from the MCG crowd.
Though, the stylish right-hander started off the series with a bang by hitting back-to-back tons at Adelaide Oval, he failed to continue his good run in the 2nd Test played at the Gabba.
Now it would be interesting to see how the 26-year-old will cope with the pressure, especially from Bay 13 at MCG, who are one of the most unabashed and unrestrained spectators in world cricket.
With already 2-0 up in the series, if the home side managed to win the 3rd Test they will clinch the series as well.