Virat Kohli has admitted that he was lucky to get away with the finger gesture he made during the India vs Australia Sydney Test in 2012. It may be recalled that the image of the current Indian captain showing the middle-finger to Australian crowd went viral.
“The one thing I remember most is when I’d had enough of the Australian crowd at Sydney and I just decided to flick a finger at them,” Kohli was quoted as saying in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly.
“The match referee (Ranjan Madugalle) called me to his room the next day and I’m like, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘What happened at the boundary yesterday?’ I said, ‘Nothing, it was a bit of banter’. Then he threw the newspaper in front of me and there was this big image of me flicking on the front page and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, please don’t ban me!’ I got away with that one. He was a nice guy, he understood I was young and these things happen,” Kohli recalled
Looking back at his early days in international cricket, when he made news for a lot of wrong reasons, Kohli stated, “I really laugh at a lot of the things I did when I was younger but I’m proud that I did not change my ways because I was always going to be who I am and not change for the world or for anyone else. I was pretty happy with who I was.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent