By: Express News Service | Perth | | March 6, 2015 11:59:18 am
A day after the Indian team management denied that Test skipper Virat Kohli had abused a journalist in Perth on Tuesday, the BCCI on Thursday censured the batsman and warned him to “avoid such behaviour” and to “maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times”.(Full Coverage| Venues | Fixtures)
“The BCCI has taken note of the incident that occurred at Perth a couple of days ago. The BCCI has been in touch with the Indian team management on this issue, and has advised that this kind of incident should not be repeated,” said a statement issued by the BCCI’s newly-elected secretary Anurag Thakur.
“The player in question has been told to maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times, and avoid any such behaviour in the future,” said the statement.
On Wednesday, the Indian team’s media manager, R N Baba, had claimed “there was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used, Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and the matter ends.”
Kohli is yet to apologise to the journalist. It is learnt that Kohli has been told that his behaviour was unbecoming of a Team India player.
When Kohli abused Hindustan Times reporter Jasvinder Sidhu, he apparently mistook him for The Indian Express’s National Sports Editor Sandeep Dwivedi. Dwivedi’s report, “In India’s jumbo touring party, the ‘G’ in WAGS too” (July 19, 2014), had said that the BCCI had given permission to Kohli to bring his girlfriend, actress Anushka Sharma, on the England tour.