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Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket

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  • Jul 03, 2013, 06:07 AM IST
Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket
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New Delhi: He is the poster boy of Indian cricket. The only established player in all three formats of the game. He is compared to the legends of world cricket. Meet Virat Kohli, the Delhi lad who has always been the star.
 
When he played Under-15 cricket, he was the captain. Then he led the Indian Under-19 team to win the world cup.
 
He was part of the World Cup winning 2011 team and now is now the captain Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. 
 
Virat has a batting average of above 50 in all forms of the game. He is called the ‘Master of Chase’ by none other than the ‘God’ of cricket himself Sachin Tendulkar. 
 
Tendulkar even went on to say that Virat is a proabable contender for breaking his record of 100 centuries.
 
One thing is for sure, that Virat is no onetime wonder. He has delivered when the team needed it the most. He has stood up to the challenge and for a cricketer of his age; he is much matured than the other lot.
 
But there is a side of Virat that has always been under severe criticism by his fans and the media. In India, we don’t have cricketers; we have stars that are considered bigger than the game.
 
They are worshipped by their fans and become idols for the youth and other budding cricketers.
 
This is where Virat has failed to deliver. He is often seen using foul, abusive language on the field. He has endless on field spats to his name.
 
And his style of celebration, by punching in the air and shouting abusive word have become a common thing.
 
One expects Virat to scream and shout at just about anything. No one can question the talent of the boy but as a man who can control his emotions he really has a long way to go.
 

From his spat with Gautam Gambhir to the use of middle finger, we take a look at Virat Kohli, the bad boy of Indian cricket.

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    Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket
    This picture was recently posted on Facebook. Virat is seen here wearing a T-shirt with a very obscene image.
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    Virat- Gambhir spat
     
    There was no love lost between the rival captains as Kolkata Knight Riders' Gautam Gambhir and Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli were involved in an ugly on-field spat after the latter was dismissed in the 10th over of the innings.
     
    It was an incident that took everyone by surprise as Gambhir and Kohli have been not only played together for the country but also for their state side Delhi, North Zone and same office side ONGC.
     
     
    As Gambhir and other players walked towards cover region to celebrate the dismissal, Kohli instead of trudging back to the pavilion walked towards short extra cover and apparently made a remark.
     
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    Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket
    The incident happened off the first delivery of the 10th over bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji. Kohli, who had hit Pradeep Sangwan for two sixes, went for a wild slash but was caught in the sweeper cover region.
     
    Suddenly, Gambhir was seen walking angrily towards his junior India teammate. However it was another Delhi lad Rajat Bhatia, who got in between them and tried to calm Gambhir down.
     
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    Showing Middle finger Down Under
     
    After a frustrating day at the field having conceded 366 runs for one wicket, Virat Kohli could not retaliate as the crowd abused him while he was fielding as the audience started abusing his family members which made him show his middle finger to the crowd. 
     
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    Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket
    A day after the incident, Kohli tweeted on his twitter page, saying that "I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate, what when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister? The worst I have ever heard!
     
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    Virat Kohli: The bad boy of Indian Cricket
    I do not abuse players, I talk to myself, I abuse myself. It's my way of letting off steam. I do it after every century; I do not do it always. I keep telling myself: Improve, improve from the previous match, the previous shot. You can do it., says Virat on his abusing.
     

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