BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said that Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was a case of misunderstanding and the issue should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup.
“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,” Thakur told PTI today when asked about the incident.
“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,” said the 40-year-old, who was elected as BCCI secretary at the board’s AGM held in Chennai on Sunday.
Kohli suddenly lost his cool after the training session in Perth yesterday as he hurled abuses at a journalist ahead of the side’s group league game against West Indies at the WACA on Friday.
Once he was done with his training and was returning to the dressing room, India’s premier batsman saw a scribe of a national daily in front of him.
To the horror of that journalist, Kohli started using filthiest of language and it went on for some time before he stormed off and some of the Indian team members looked amazed as to what exactly had happened.
The particular journalist also seemed clueless but once Kohli 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 had mistaken this particular reporter as someone else, Kohli called one of the journalists and through him apologised for the incident.