Happy Birthday Virat: 4 BIG controversies

New Delhi, Nov 5: Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the most successful Indian captain. Along with great success that Virat has achieved over the year, the handsome cricketer has also invited some controvesies as well. 

Virat, who is now the captain of the Indian cricket team in all formats of the game, is known to have short temper. As the cricketer turns a year older today, we take a look at the instances when the Indian captain failed to keep his emotions under control landed himself in trouble. 

1) Displayed middle finger: Virat Kohli is known to be temperamental. He can easily get animated and display his emotions. Therefore, when a group of Australians were heckling the life out of him at Sydney cricket ground, he took revenge and displayed them his middle finger.

In the first week of 2012, when India took on Australia at Sydney, the Australian batsmen spanked the Indian bowlers all over the park. If that wasn’t enough, the Australian crowd were relentless in their approach of bringing down the Indian players’ mentality.

At one point, Kohli thought that he had had enough and lifted his middle finger towards them. He was rather unapologetic about it, tweeting: "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 (sic)".In the end, the Indian batsman was fined 50% of his match fee for the dissentious action.

2) Breaking rules of BCCI: Virat Kohli’s alleged relationship with Anushka Sharma is one of the most talked about thing in sports world. The couple, who once broke up just to get back together stronger than ever, are often seen together. Once, during an IPL game against Delhi Daredevils in 2015, the Indian skipper was spotted chatting with Anushka Sharma in the box during the rain break. According to the anti-corruption guidelines, a player isn’t allowed to interact with anyone apart from his team-mates and team staff during an ongoing match. Kohli, however, wasn’t punished for it and was let go with just a warning.

3) Abusing a journo: Virat Kohi is very protective about Anushka. Once during a practice session at Perth in 2015, Virat shouted abuse at a leading Indian newspaper's journalist for his article on his lady love. Not only did he yell at the reporter, but also used expletives to display his displeasure. BCCI initially refused that Virat had abused someone, but then went on to warn him over his antics without actually punishing him for it. In the end, Kohli held out the olive branch at the journalist by apologising to him for his unruly behaviour.

4) Steven Smith episode: Back in March this year, when India took on Australia in a Test series at home, it drew plenty controversy for the banter between these two teams. It all boiled over when Steve Smith was adjudged LBW in the second Test in Bengaluru and then gazed at the dressing room to seek advice on whether he should review the decision.  

Players aren’t allowed to take external help while making a decision on reviews and, hence, as a result, it infuriated Virat to the point where the Indian captain actually insinuated Steven Smith of unethical practises during the Test.

Steven Smith later expressed his disappointed over Kohli’s suggestions and admitted to having a “brain fade” before apologising for it.