A new twist has been reported in the Virat Kohli incident, as the Sports editor of the newspaper Hindustan Times Mr. Sukhwant Basra has confirmed that the matter has been brought into the notice of the BCCI and ICC. In an untoward incident Virat Kohli, the Indian Vice- captain, had allegedly abused a senior journalist during a practice session at Perth on Tuesday.
Kohli has been accused of hurling a few abuses at the journalist. It has been claimed that Kohli had intended it for a different journalist. He later apologized through another journalist. The Indian team management however chose to play down the incident as a case of ‘misunderstanding’.
Mr. Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, said, “He (Kohli) has clarified on the issue. For India, the ongoing World Cup is very important. We need to put all these issues to rest and indirectly has communicated that he misunderstood the situation. Let’s put this matter to an end”.
He further added, “In future I think these kind of incidents should be avoided and taken care of. I have not spoken to players yet, the team management is there, taking care of all the players’ needs”.
In terms of a statement issued by management, “There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used. Virat has spoken to the concerned gentleman immediately and matter ends.”
Although the matter does not seem to have cooled down as the concerned journalist Jasvinder Sidhu of Hindustan Times has gone on to lodge a complaint with the ICC and BCCI.
“I have written a letter to the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya after consulting our Editor-in-Chief. I have asked Dalmiya to look into the incident. The reporter in question, Jasvinder Sidhu, has also informed the ICC about the incident,” said HT Sports Editor Sukhwant Basra.
It has been further stated that newspaper is also reportedly contemplating legal action against Kohli for his behavior and are checking if he violated any laws of the land.