Virat Kohli did not use abusive language on journalist, claims report

The Indian team management has denied suggestions that One Day vice-captain Virat Kohli directed abusive language towards a senior Indian journalist in Perth on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2015, 12:19 PM IST
Virat Kohli did not use abusive language on journalist, claims report

New Delhi: The Indian team management has denied suggestions that One Day vice-captain Virat Kohli directed abusive language towards a senior Indian journalist in Perth on Tuesday.

The Indian team were training at the Murdoch University in Perth when Kohli had a go at a senior journalist from a leading Indian national daily. It has been reported that 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.”

Earlier, according to PTI on Tuesday the particular journalist on whom Kohli had gone verbal also seemed clueless but once the Indian Test skipper cooled down, he told someone about an article that had appeared about him and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma in a national daily and he thought that it was that particular journalist, who had written the story.

When he was told that he has mistaken this particular reporter as someone else, Kohli called one of the journalists and through him apologised for the incident.

According to reliable sources, Team Director Ravi Shastri has personally spoken to Kohli and advised him to keep his cool as it is unbecoming of a future India captain to behave in this manner publicly.