Over the years, Virat Kohli has become mature and patient, but there was a time when the Indian captain was very irate. This was during the initial years of Kohli’s cricket career, when he was filled with over aggression which would lead him to commit actions that eventually invited criticism.
One such event occurred during the India vs Australia Test match in past, when Virat showed the middle finger to the crowd sitting in the stadium. The infamous incident occurred during the 2nd Test match between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2012.
On the second day of the second Test match of Border-Gavaskar trophy, Virat Kohli responded aggressively to the shouts of the crowd, gesturing with his middle finger. The event was clearly captured on the camera becoming a buzz among media and people. Have a look at the video of the event below.
Virat also mentioned about the incident on Twitter saying that the crowd was abusing his mother and sister. Taking to Twitter he wrote, “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.” Although most of the people criticised Kohli on the same, he found a sympathiser in former English player Kevin Pietersen, who also accepted about the dirty tricks of Australian crowd. Kevin also mentioned that Australian crowd are such that they will start abusing their own players once they start losing.
However, a cricketer has to maintain his dignity even on occasions like this. After all cricket is a gentlemen’s game. Kohli was found guilty in the matter with the level two charge laid by the match referee Ranjan Madugalle. Kohli was fined 50 per cent of his match for his act.
Kohli has moved on with time. The hot-blooded Kohli has now become a much more mature and sensible cricketer. He has impressed everyone with his world-class batting and personality. However, the upcoming tour will remind him of his old days and taking into consideration the sledging witnessed during matches against Australia, Kohli will have to keep a control on his nerves and act sensibly. After all, he is leading the team as the captain and his actions will have a direct impact on Indian team’s image as well as the youngsters.