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Indian team management denies Kohli abused journalist

March 4, 2015

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s team management has denied reports that Virat Kohli used offensive language at a journalist during a World Cup practice session in Perth, Australia.

The Indian media reported widely Wednesday that Kohli apparently mistook the journalist for somebody who had published a negative story about the batsman’s girlfriend.

Kohli, who was elevated to India’s test captaincy when Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longer format during the recent series against Australia, is key player in India’s attempt to defend the World Cup title.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a brief statement saying: “There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used. Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and matter ends ...”

The journalist, Jasvinder Sidhu, has complained to the International Cricket Council.

The front page of the Hindustan Times ran the headline: “Virat swears by Anushka.”

Noted columnist Pradeep Magazine described the behaviour as “reprehensible” for a leader of the national cricket team.

The Times of India carried a report and noted previous episodes involving Kohli

India is scheduled to play the West Indies in its next pool B match on Friday.

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