[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndian cricket captain, Virat Kohli has often been in news for his aggressive nature on the ground. In the recent Test matches between India and Australia, Virat not just caught the eye of media but of veteran actor-director Naseeruddin Shah as well.
In a Facebook post, Naseeruddin Shah called Virat Kohli, the best batsman but the worst behaved player. “Virat K is not only the worlds best batsman but also the worlds worst behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way,” Shah wrote on his Facebook account.
Shah’s comment came after a heated conversation that took place between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine in the second Test match between the two teams, on Sunday. In the post, Shah also pointed out to Virat’s viral video in which he asked a fan, who said he liked Australian and English batsmen more than India players, to quit India.
From a video onea find out what happened. While Kohli’s words are inaudible, Paine can be heard telling Kohli, “You’re the one that lost it yesterday, now you’re trying to be cool today.” Umpire Gaffaney interrupted and said, “That’s enough.” But Paine said, “We are allowed to talk.” to which Gaffaney said, “Play the game. You guys are the captains. Tim, you’re the captain.” Paine added one last salvo and said: “Keep your cool, Virat.” Kohli responded with a smile.
The Australia skipper later had a conversation with Murali Vijay during the second innings. “Murali, I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke,” a tweet quoted Paine telling Murali Vijay about Virat Kohli.
After this comment, The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Committee of Administrators (COA) had asked Virat to behave with ‘humility’ in his interactions with press and the public during the rest of Australia tour.
This is not the first time, Kohli is in news for his behaviour during the game. Even in the early days of his career, he was surrounded by controversies.
In 2012, during India’s tour to Australia, Kohli was in news for showing the middle finger to the crowd in the Sydney Cricket Ground after getting angry by their taunts. After this, Virat was in controversial headlines when he spoke in an irritated tone to journalists in his tour to South Africa and England.
After Shah’s recent post, some fans supported him, while some came out backing up Kohli.