Indian cricket board rubbishes media report on Virat Kohli’s conduct

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NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board released a statement on Sunday rubbishing a media report that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) told India skipper Virat Kohli ‘to conduct himself with humility on the tour of Australia’.

Denying that Kohli was given any such memo, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement that the media report by a Mumbai tabloid was ‘baseless’.

“There has been a report in the media by a Mumbai based tabloid dated November 17, 2018 with the headline “Be Humble: Virat Kohli gets a CoA memo”. The report stated that India Captain Virat Kohli has been sent a memo by the CoA to conduct himself with ‘humility’,” BCCI said in a press release.

“Contrary to the media report, the BCCI after consulting with the team management would like to rubbish the report and classify it as baseless,” the statement added.

Ahead of India’s awaited tour against Australia, the tabloid report said, “In the days leading up to Team India’s departure for Australia on Friday, a CoA member in a WhatsApp chat took up with Virat the matter of being civil and courteous in his interactions. This was followed by a phone call in which it was reiterated that he must, at all times, behave in a manner that befits the captain of the Indian team.”

The reports come after Kohli stirred up a massive controversy over his “I don’t think you should live in India” response to an enthusiast who called the skipper overrated while expressing his admiration for English and Australian batsmen.