Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day January 5, 2012

Kohli fined over gesture to crowd


Virat Kohli has been fined 50% of his match fee after he was seen gesturing to the crowd with his middle finger on the second day. The level two charge was laid by the match referee Ranjan Madugalle on the third morning of the SCG Test.

Kohli went to the hearing along with manager Shivlal Yadav. He pleaded guilty, India's media manager GS Walia, said. Walia added that the matter was closed as far as the Indian team was concerned.

India had a long second day in the field, with Australia piling up 366 runs for the loss of one wicket. When Kohli was posted on the boundary, he said he had heard abuse worse than he ever had in his life. He posted on Twitter, "i agree cricketers dont have to retaliate. what when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. the worst ive heard"

Kohli found a sympathiser in Kevin Pietersen, who replied to his tweet thus: "ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!" To which Kohli replied: "never heard crap like that. EVER"

Pietersen went on to tell Kohli that the Australian crowds are such that they abuse even their own when they start losing. Kohli began the third day on a more positive Twitter note that said, "New day new beginning! :)"

According to a Cricket Australia spokesperson, since CA has kept keeping such records, the second day of this Test was the first time no spectator was evicted during a Test in Australia. There have been no formal complaints about crowd behaviour.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mike on January 8, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    5 wombatz- because the crowds havent got a hope of playing international cricket? because they will never play an important innings in a world cup final? because he earns more in a day then they do in a lifetime? Your bigotry and ignorance knows no bounds, its because of people like you that engish sportsfans have such a terrible reputation

  • Mike on January 8, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Brilliant from kohli. Far too long have Indians given in to abuse from countris like Australia and England. 5 wombatz is the perfec example of such a fan. By his logic, Australia should be banned after their performance in the recent Ashes.

  • Anthony on January 7, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    I am an Australian, but of English parents, and here is one Aussie who does not like the abuse dished out by Australian crowds. It's too much. And it's done by cowards who wouldn't dream of saying what they say up close and personal, or if the recipient could fight back. It's one of the reasons I go for England instead of Australia in the Ashes. Mind you, Indian fans can hardly claim sainthood, can they? What about Ponting getting booed by Indian fans when he walked out in the first innings in Melbourne? Contrast that to the reception Tendulkar got from Australian fans.

  • Augustus on January 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Memories seem short for all cricket supporters. Every country has had embarressing moments on the field and poor crowd behaviour. Well the barmy army got away with many embarressing moments in Australia. Lets see how they do in India this year.

  • Andrew on January 7, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt - but I suppose its OK to boo the opposing captain - hey? Pommy crowds have been doing that for ages! All crowds have rogue elements. Kholi should get out more & so should you!

  • Srinivas on January 6, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    @5wombats, I would put it this way - while Kohli is no angel, he sure doesn't play cricket to hear vulgar comments, about his mother and sisters, from the crowd just because the crowd spent a few of their hard earned dollars.

  • Martin on January 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid on (January 05 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) you state; "kohli was targeted by jealous crowds and haters and thus got what they deserved"! You are joking, right? "Jealous crowds"? Kohli is a "batsman" - right? so help me to understand why any crowd, indian or Australian would be "jealous" of scores of 11, 0 and 23 in the tour so far? And as for "they got what they deserved"... so @Lord_Dravid - the Aus fans who paid good money to see a "top-class, number 2 in the world team" somehow "deserved" to see an abject, uncompetitive and disastrous performance then "deserved" to be abused by a player giving that disastrous performance. Call me old fashioned - but that is a very odd view of the world, to say the least.

  • Hira on January 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    this isnt about kohli or indian team being under pressure..this is kohli being young and aggresive and reactive to rude australian crowd which has a history of being troublesome. funny how an overwhelming number of non indian fans here commenting against kohli..jealous much of him or indian cricket? keep em coming!

  • Jason on January 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Unfortunately, Kohli's behaviour will reflect badly on the Indian team, who are made up of (predominantly) gentlemen who play the game in a well-mannered spirit. Even Sharma seems to be acting more mature lately. Kohli needs more than a slap on the wrist. Giving the bird is neither here nor there, but it paints a very negative picture of Indian cricketers. that's the problem.

  • richard on January 6, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    he will not have to worry now its 2 nil, aussie supporters can go to the beach for 3 or 4 weeks till the t20 starts, i have read on cricindia that your not bad at that, but now we know you cant handle it, come in spinner

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