It seems that the hate campaign started by the Australian media against the India captain, Virat Kohli is far from over even though the series is. The media persons from down under have reportedly termed Kohli as “classless” and “egomaniac”, following his decline of a beer invitation from the Aussie cricketers.
After the culmination of the four-match test series, which saw players from both sides lose their temper, the Indian star batsman said that he would no longer consider the Australian players as his friends. It was followed by his refusal to a beer offer, made by the members of the visitor team.
The Australian newspapers, who termed this latest incident as “Beergate”, think Kohli should learn from his Aussie counterpart, Steve Smith, who apologised after confessing that he should not have let his emotions slip.
Kohli missed out on the final test match of the series due to an injury and is also uncertain for his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s season opener. Ajinkya Rahane led the squad in the last match, which resulted in a win for the hosts and settled the series 2-1 in their favour.
On the other hand, former Australian batsman Brad Hodge warned Kohli that he should not play in RCB’s season opener or people may think that he was saving himself for the high-profile T20 tournament and that was the reason why he sat out the last test in the recently concluded series.
“You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing,” Hodge was quoted saying.
RCB will play their first match in the new IPL season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5th.
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