‘Be Ashamed of Yourselves!’, Disappointed Kohli Tells Media

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli during a practice session ahead of 1st ODI match against West Indies, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Oct.7, 2014. (Photo: IANS)In a world dominated by winner’s streak, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli on Friday said he was “disappointed” at the way he was treated by the media after his failure in World Cup semi-final.

“I was personally very disappointed. I had been consistent for the last five years and to see such reactions for just one match it was really disappointing,” Kohli told mediapersons at a promotional event in Kolkata.

“But it was good to know some of the people who they really were… But it was truly disappointing!”

The Kohli-led Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is slated to take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the famous Eden Gardens ground tomorrow, Saturday.

Hitting back at the media, Kohli said: “At a human level, the things they said… they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Despite actress Anushka Sharma, his girlfriend’s support from the box, he got out for only one run in the semi-final at Sydney when he tried to pull a Mitchell Johnson delivery while chasing an imposing target of 329 runs and was caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. India lost the match comprehensively by 95 runs to surrender their title defence, which has infurated the media and the country alike.

However, media is not to be blamed by the off and on batsman who is still not a reliable player. While the social media is agogue over the presence of Anushka Sharma, many from the Bollywood stood behind her and straightened the mindset of Indian cricket fans.

Apart from his failure in the crucial game, the 26-year-old Indian vice captain had a low-key tournament, with only a century in India’s opening game against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

The flamboyant cricketer also had a run-in with the media in the midst of the World Cup when he abused a journalist of a leading English daily mistaking him to be another scribe who had written adversely against Kohli during his failures in India’s tour of England.

It’s time Kohli should elevate himself from a ranker to a leader, if he ever wants to lead India team and that too to a victory.



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