Just when things were looking all hunky-dory between the Indians and the Aussies, a small gesture seems to have created a hell of a lot of trouble. All hell seems to have broken loose after the cameras caught Virat Kohli making an “obscene” gesture ” towards the SCG crowd. We all know just how unruly the Aussie crowd can be at times but literally provoking the already battered Indian players is just very poor behavior.
The Australia-India rivalry was literally redefined after the mammoth “monkey gate” saga. Also remember the time when Bhajji’s itch was taken as “monkey gesture” by the Australian media? Well this gesture by Virat Kohli is just fodder to the media! If an itch can be contorted into a viciously racial insult by the Oz media then god knows what Kohli’s actual insult will be contorted into! This was what Kohli tweeted after the frustrating day in the match Judging by this, it was clear that the crowd abused him and he just could not take it any more.
But was this reaction necessary? At least Kohli seems to have found solace with some of his fellow cricketers. Kohli does have a point as most of us are fully aware just how unruly the Australian crowd can be. They are sore losers but seriously no one expected Kohli to react like this. Did the Australians really get under the skin of the Indians with their batting dominance? Clarke and Punter literally steamrolled the Indians today and was this the reason for the frustration of Kohli? Here is what Kevin Pietersen had to say in response to Kohli’s tweet.
Did Kohli do the right thing by retaliating? He may face disciplinary action and might even get banned for a test match. The series is already poised in the favor of the Aussies and a ban for Kohli would seriously shatter the confidence of Indians. Thankfully he has escaped with a 50% fine on his match fee. Is the crowd to blame? Or should Kohli have controlled his aggressive reaction?