Indian skipper Virat Kohli again was the victim of trolls by cricket fans after he appeared in shorts for the toss for the practice match against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
The match was initially scheduled to begin on Wednesday but rains played spoilsport as the entire day’s play was washed out. The match, nonetheless hasn’t been given a first-class status. Kohli’s men walked into the match with 14 men.
Kohli’s picture in shorts along with CA XI skipper Sam Whiteman was posted by the BCCI’s official account on Twitter, which invited the ire of a lot of cricket fans, who termed the act as being, “disrespectful.” One even went on to draw a comparison of sorts of this with the instance of Sunil Gavaskar lashing out at Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman for not wearing his cap in a proper manner.
An account of an user named @VeeG48 wrote, “This @imVkohli bad attitude is showing no any respect for game and their legacy why @bcci @icc @accessonline n other cricket members think about this. Where is #sunilgavaskar who taunted in #Aisacup to Pakistani player for their cap??? What @imVkohli is showing?”
Yet there was another one who too didn’t take too much of a liking to Kolhi’s act and wrote,” What is happening too shamefull moment for India why the hell is @imVkohli wearing shorts and going for the toss there were times where captians used to wear blazers and go for toss #BCCI #AUSvIND.”
What is happening too shamefull moment for India why the hell is @imVkohli wearing shorts and going for the toss there were times where captians used to wear blazers and go for toss #BCCI #AUSvIND https://t.co/BJSlDkxDis
— akshay dhoni (@akshayv01970371) November 30, 2018
Kohli was one of the five batsmen in India’s innings to have scored a fifty in the match. The other four were Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. India ended their first innings effort with 358 runs on the board.
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