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

Kohli fined over gesture to crowd

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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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  • TheBengalTiger 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

  • TheBengalTiger 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.

  • ADB1 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.

  • Abhayaprada 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • 5wombats 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.

  • Lord_Dravid 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!

  • jaztech 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.

  • RVC-38 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

  • TheBengalTiger 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

  • TheBengalTiger 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.

  • ADB1 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.

  • Abhayaprada 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • 5wombats 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.

  • Lord_Dravid 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!

  • jaztech 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.

  • RVC-38 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

  • Geonewz on January 6, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @Real English Man : Aussie crowds can get on the nerves but saying Pakistan too, get your facts right! No international matches have been played there for more than 3 years so how do you know? Before when cricket was being played there, hardly any issues were reported, well at least less than England. Remember the aftermath of 2006 Oval Test, stupid crowds in Britain...

  • Kaze on January 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    It's hilarious, he is no different from the crowd just look at the pic.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 6, 2012, 1:59 GMT

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

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 6, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    I remember during Richard Hadlee's playing days that Australian crowds all around the country decided to chant out "Hadlee's a w@#$%&". Hadlee didn't respond too well and repeatedly turned towards the crowd and yelled out to them such things as "you are just sore losers" and "what right do you have" etc. He was virtually in tears by halfway through the tour. Virat Kohli's response was a lot more appropriate and I think he should be commended for it, not given a massive fine.

  • yorkshirematt on January 6, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    I say aussies are badly behaved but us lot up at headingley have a bit of a reputation too. England players have copped some flak in the past up here as well as opponents.

  • yorkshirematt on January 6, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Good for him. Aussie crowds are notoriously abusive and their comments are not even funny. There's nothing wrong with "banter" but it can go too far. English crowds are usually ok and I recall good humoured banter with sreesanth and praveen kumar last year which the crowd and players seemed to enjoy.

  • RealEnglishMan on January 6, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    If cricket is a gentlemen's game what bussiness does Australia and Pakistan have with the game??

  • CricFan78 on January 5, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    And I am sure nothing will be done about these rowdy Aussie crowds

  • featurewriter on January 5, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I was at the ground yesterday (day three) and it was a fanastic day. We gave Sharma a bit of stick, but all in jest. (About his fielding; every time he fielded a ball we applauded.) He accepted it well and was often smiling, and even lifted his hat to us at one stage. I don't condone any form of abuse like Kholi allegedly received. And personally, I don't blame the guy for giving the bird to some drunken loudmouths. I think it's a bit stiff that he received a 50 percent match-fee fine. By the way, we also gave Haddin similar applause to Sharma (after he caught balls after having completely missed a catch off Gambhir). Sharma took it better than Haddin. But regarding crowds, I've been at Test matches in Auatralia (Brisbane, Sydney and Perth), West Indies (Sabina Park), England (Lords and The Oval) and India (Mumbai) and you get the same bad behaviour from small elements of crowds everywhere; it's not restricted to Australian crowds. As for KP, he's one of the worst sledgers in cricket!

  • 5wombats on January 5, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Disgraceful. Aus fans at the SCG are no angels, sure, but fans don't pay hard cash to get slipped the mid-digit! Anyway - it wasn't too many weeks ago when indians were complaining about what they called Englands unprofessional antics! It's a hard cricket truth; what goes on on the pitch stays on the pitch. Time for Kohli to publicly apologise and then grow up. Doesn't matter what order he does it in.

  • mmond4 on January 5, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    At the end of the day, cricketers are human beings and not paragons of virtue. They will respond if abused, and as long as they're not initiating abuse, or whacking spectators with bats a la Inzamam, I don't see a problem here.

  • qrashyy on January 5, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    I remember Stefan Effenberg, a german football player, making the same gesture to the crowd in Dallas at the FIFA Football World Cup 1994. He was immediately suspended from the team by his own german team management, sent back home and looked like never playing in the national team again (eventually he was brought back 4 years later). And he was some quality player, too. The FIFA didn't even have to intervene. Talk about cricket being a gentleman's game. Being deducted 50% of the match fee for this kind of behaviour is nothing.

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @choo_for_twenty_choo: Why should BCCI take any action against their own player? Wake up Man. On the contrary BCCI should take action against ICC & CA for not ensuring adequate protection for players being abused so blatantly. Why should players take such insults? Sydney crowd is always abusive & misbehaved. CA, You are responsible for control of your local crowd. ICC should have fined CA ten times the value of Kohli's fine. Shameful behaviour by the crowd.

  • ZsZs on January 5, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Indians are showing the effects of pressure at SCG. I personally don't like to hear or see abuse like this. I also remember Zaheer Khan abusing (clearly read his lips) while bowling in other tests around the world. That is not cool!! It was a curse word, and it should be sanctioned against.

  • chuckmeister on January 5, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    you are in aussiland "mate", better get used to the crudeness and vulgarity mr kohli.

  • LuvThyGame on January 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I am sure Kohli, being a Punjabi boy has heard and delivered far more insightful expletives ... its plain frustration.. but looking at it another way I like his aggression.. there is a reason why he has excelled in ODI cricket.. he believes in his potential and is not willing to take crap from anyone.. mind you, he was captain of India under-19 when they won the World Cup..

  • KiwiPom on January 5, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    From what I can make out: a) The crowd tried to intimidate Kohli b) Kohli showed them he wasn't to be intimidated. Kohli 1-0 Crowd. End of story.

  • bigdhonifan on January 5, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    It was Ranjan Madagale from Sub Continant, if it was a referee from Eng or Aus, it may became his last match as referee. BCCI is too powerfull!

  • Imran-Akram on January 5, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    This gesture actually shows the character and state of mind of indian players (heroes of their nation) !!!!!!!!!!!

  • shrastogi on January 5, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Simply not done Virat. You may face the same sledging in Australia while batting from close in fielders and if you lose your cool you would lose your wicket also. The next time you face the same situation from crowd please report to Dhoni or to the umpires who would take appropriate action.

  • bliksempie on January 5, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Did I read that right? This is the first DAY (not Test - DAY!) of a game in Australia where no spectator was evicted??? That is an absolutely appalling record and one that CA should be far more concerned with than anything else that's happened here. Utterly disgraceful, I'm at a loss for words.

  • candyfloss on January 5, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    What is even more shameful is the australian public on here rather than condeming the behaviour of the spectators are justifying it on here.Indian fans are always considered agressive but no one really says anything about the way the australians behave, it reeks of double standards.There are some aussies though who arent proud of such behaviour good on you guys but the majority seem to be blaming Kohli.Kohli should take this in his stride and its important for him to learn how to ignore such idiots.

  • kantipur on January 5, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    What kohli did was completely wrong. He should have been banned for few matches. Kohli reaction could have provoked the crowd. There have been history in football and other sports when player reacts to the crowd situation can turn very ugly.

  • crindex on January 5, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    CA should be ashamed , so should the ICC too for not understanding the player's point of view.

  • cricpolitics on January 5, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It was about time to do that with this guy. Somehow this guy's arrogance is bigger than the whole Indian team. What is his arrogance based upon? He is merely starting his career and have miserably failed so far. He should have also been punished for standing his crease when he was rightly given LBW in the first test.

  • SaneVoice on January 5, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Did anyone notice the way Pattinson was appealing? Wonder why was he not reported for over-appealing!Once again an Indian gets reported and an Australian escapes it. Almost as if the entire world goes blind when others do it. And the Australians blame India for everything!!! Amazing isn't it?

  • CandidIndian on January 5, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Fair enough that Kohli is fined, however there should be action against the so called hooligans in the crowd too who abused Kohli.Its a gentleman's game right, if you expect cricketers behaving as gentleman,why we should not expect same from the people who come to watch the game.

  • PradeepR on January 5, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Shame on the people saying the players are in the wrong when they react to the crowd. You are no different to the crowd that abuses players. The players are human too.

  • Saqib_Baig on January 5, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I like him as a batsman but I have seen often that speaks bad language to others in the ground. getting his own medicine back.

  • Sano27 on January 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    kohli might be India's future captain....but this gestures & aggression will turn against him to be in that position...!

  • 4yoursr on January 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Shame for the australia and australian crowd, telling the vulgar words to a professional cricker. In place of him ,others also will react same way. If this continues no other countries will not come to australia. i think Australian cricket team should take action on this.. if not shame on australia. Very worst thing i have seen in my life is australian doesn't digest failure to overcome they use to start sledging everywhere.Its worst and very bad thing ..

  • Boollins on January 5, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Can't believe Kohli was fined 50% of his match fee. As an Aussie who frequently attends international cricket (I was lucky enough to get there today), I've heard the revolting rubbish some member of the crowd say, especially to opposition players. A 'slap on the wrist' and guidance around how to avoid the situation again would have sufficed. In Australia too much attention is given by the police and security regarding bursting beach balls and stopping "beer snakes". Many fans make terrible comments that warrant removal from the ground. As an Aussie it's very embarrassing.

  • godimbored on January 5, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    It's six of one and half a dozen of the other; Virat Kohli is clearly 'up his own backside', and as such will be an obvious target for the Aussie fans. But the Aussie fans do themselves no favours by their foul mouthed and moronic attitudes. Such a shame they don't have the humour of the Barmy Army. As others have said, the only way to shut Aussie crowds up is to win. Do that and they slink off home.

  • Romenevans on January 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Well done Kholi. At least he shown some aggression to the crowd lol. What a disgrace.

  • SixFourOut on January 5, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I'm Australian and I just don't understand our ridiculous need to abuse players, sometimes our own. Some places are worse than others. Not that there are many countries that are so squeaky clean that they can point the finger.

  • rienzied on January 5, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Kohli should be fined 100% of his match fee for his inept batting technique

  • JB77 on January 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Amazing how quickly an article Kohli making a rude gesture to the crowd becomes a discussion on Australian player/spectator behaviour. This 'Australia started it/Australia do it the most' argument was old and irrelevant ten years ago. Banter is part of the game, always has been and it occurs everywhere. Everyone knows examples of their players being sledged in different countries. Yes it can go to far, but Kohli should know better. Ignore it and don't give the fools ammunition.

  • rienzied on January 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    The biggest problem is that the cricketing crowds in AU have become a lot more like soccer crwds in the UK. They have lost that class but I think it is because most of the soccer fans in AU from the UK watch the game too. However Kohli is arrogant and needs to be disciplined too. Sadly none of the crowd ever will...

  • AndrewFromOz on January 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Virat, I apologise for the antics of some of my more meat-brained countrymen. We are not all that thick-headed but some are

  • Ijaz2001106 on January 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    A helpless Indian cricketer with lot of frustration. He thought may be he can get rid of his feelings on the crowd. You are wrong buddy, try and prove it in the field which is not looking to happen for India. Go Back to India and keep inviting everyone to play in India :)

  • stormy16 on January 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This is a clear mis-understadning of cultures which is understandable for Kholi who is only very young. Anyone who has been an Aussie rules game would know the abuse hurled and all and sundry by the crowd. It's part of the way the Aussies go about their business and its important to understand. You cant come to anothe country and claim people are not acting within the accapted boundaries you know - how can they? They are from a different culture. Granted Kholi's reasoning for his agitation may be valid to him but that doesnt mean its invalid in another culture. Kholi is not the first and wont be last to get this culture shock but he should move on accept it.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 5, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    simple: kohli was targeted by jealous crowds and haters and thus got what they deserved! when you have rockstar status you're bound to have haters but the case is now closed lets not dwell on about this petty issue, im sure kohli has forgotten about it already.

  • cool2cool on January 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    What Kohli did was wrong and got the punishment. But who can control the crowd behavior (not specifically in Australia but in most parts of the world)???

  • terrifyingwarriors on January 5, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I feel sorry for him, he should have just controlled his emotions and let the bat speak. I have a feeling this is only lead to more aggressive batting display. I hate to see foolish people blaming it on Indians rather than a particular person. Ishant Sharma was Indeed right about " Australians are better at playing mind game than actual game by itself"

  • spongebat_squarestumps on January 5, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Will BCCI take any action? Does it have and enforce a Code of Conduct on it's players? Of course not. Kohli is too big for his boots - he is an IPL "Hero" and thinks that will earn him respect overseas. Why not SEND HIM HOME, BCCI?! Send back a replacement who can bat! His scores are poor. His discipline is bad. And the crowd abuse will only get worse now - just ask Andrew Symonds.

  • ohJDM on January 5, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Aussies wouldn't like it if they went to another country and copped something like this, Andrew Simonds for example. Im an Australian born Indian, and its still not right for aussies, or any nation to be so dirty. If crowds like to interact with players they wouldnt start by saying things about players' family. Kholi got what he deserved for the gesture, but noone can control the crowd. Its a shame that crowds can act this way. Every player has an ego issue, its a common characteristic of any famous sportsman

  • Yevghenny on January 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Put it this way, you wouldn't say a word if you bumped into him on the street, in fact you'd probably compliment him gushing all the way. Just because you have the safety of the barrier and the cricketer must focus on the game, does not mean you can act like a complete prat

  • Yevghenny on January 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I don't have a problem with giving fielders a bit of stick, but for goodness sake leave their family out of it and keep it fun. Do you have any idea what you look like, barely able to stand hurling disgusting words at a cricketer? I don't know what aussie crowds are like in general, but there's a good proportion of people there to enjoy the game more than abuse players whenever I go to a match.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 5, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Embarrassing, really embarrassing, disgraceful moment in cricket. Disrespecting the spectators is same as disrespecting cricket. Indian need to be more socialize or I'll suggest a social education classes for all cricketer conduct by ICC. International body must take strict actions to counter these acts. Thanks

  • rust01 on January 5, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    IndOz090 what a bitter comment. I can only assume it is driven by jealousy. There is no way you can claim Indians are better behaved. Your team is also the worst behaved of all.

  • canno on January 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    btw cricket is alive cuz of audience who watch the game not cuz of players who r insane

  • farkin on January 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    good to see it was not a Australian match referee that fined him or they maybe chartering a plane home

  • ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on January 5, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    hahah this is spirit of indians shame on you..

  • spence1324 on January 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Totally agree with kp,the best way to silence the crowd is to win.As we saw in the last ashes by day 3 it turned in to a home test for england anyway because the Australians stayed away!

  • agneepath007 on January 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    i think Kohli must had behaved more professionally in watever the circumstances as he is the representative of our entire Indian Nation...these pictures are going all around the world and this image of Kohli reflects bad image of Indian Cricket..really shameful ///

  • RandyOZ on January 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    If the Indian crowd is so good, why do they have massive fences up? It's a joke. The booing aimed at Ponting by them in Melbourne was also disgusting. Bad luck Kohli, bout time we gave some back.

  • ZMPK on January 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Whatever Kohli did was wrong but i think he was compelled to do it.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on January 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    How Australians are brought up? !!!

  • ZMPK on January 5, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    i really feel sorry for Kohli but this is quiet clear that Australian crowd has always been manner less and have big mouth and Kevin Petersen twet has proven it that they are quiet used to to it. Kohli is a very gud player some times it happens that u dnt perform but it doesnt mean people start abusing them

  • joseyesu on January 5, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Only if you encounter such situation, you will stop advising kohli. "A MAN WITHOUT EXPRESSION IS LIKE A TREE". Provoking is bad.

  • CarDroid on January 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Virat needs to chill out! Getting a bit of stick from the crowd comes with the rockstar status of being an Indian cricketer. I remember an Ind v/s Aus ODI in India in '98 or so, when a section of the crowd kept yelling unpleasant stuff at Tom Moody, who just seemed to take it in his stride and gave them a thumbs up. Very soon, the same crowd was going "Hey Moodie, autograph please!".

  • nitingarg25 on January 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @ satish619chandar : This guy has the history. I'm sure not everytime crowd is the culprit. Last match, he fined for staring umpire. This guy always shocked even when he got caught on boundary line or get bold out. you have to earn respect by stick and not by fingers. Crowd booed everybody even to Dhoni, SRT or to Dravid however they never respont. you have to win hearts by character and not by attitude.

  • rpking on January 5, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    indian crowds are no better. i remember monty panesar bowling in wankhede & the abuse he was subjected to from the crowd. that too to a player of indian origin.cricketers are sort of ambassadors & such behaviour is unbecoming. also kohli every time he takes a catch or gests out you should see the amount of swearing he does...

  • mokshu on January 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Hey guys - let us just cool it a little, I clearly remember the aus crowd getting under the skin of Shaun Tait in Perth (against India) and telling him that the Aussie spinner (forgot the name - the guy who used to take out his tounge while bowling) could bowl faster than him. It clearly got to Tait - he did not play for a long long time after that. Same match there was thunderous applause for Sachin when he walked in to bat (mind you there was no such applause for any other batsman in both teams). So it is the same crowd - they like some and they dont like some - and having witnessed this live I can tell you that they dont discriminate - because they dont care about anything except performances. They support whoever performs better. I am an Indian - but like that approach.

  • Salman_Mughal on January 5, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Cricket is always being a gentleman game and temperament too... Players sometime do loose there temperament... Inzi always being known as cool calm cricketer but i do remember that once he also beaten a spectator as he abused him... so being a spectator its our responsibility not to argue or comment on player prestige..... after players are also human... you can't expect every one to ignore when it comes to degrading someone's respect ........

  • johnathonjosephs on January 5, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Reminds me of Yuvraj in Sri Lanka when some fans called him the waterboy. What did he do? He pointed them out, stopped the game, and had them thrown out. Those fans must have really motivated him cause he turned out to be the man of the series in the WC a year later and ousted Lanka in the final

  • johnathonjosephs on January 5, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Kohli needs some severe discipline. To think this will be the future Indian captain is a very scary thought. Kohli thinks he is hardcore and tough and puts on the tough boy act a lot, when in fact he was born in a rich environment. He really needs to get out of this phase and concentrate on his cricket (not having a good tour so far)

  • TheLoneStranger on January 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    I sympathise with Kohli. There's an element in the Australian sporting public which would be better off left in the trash. Banter is one thing; racial and personal abuse is quite another. Kohli should have been let off with a warning.

  • shaannnnnn on January 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    if it was Inzi they w'dnt hv done this:)

  • ozobozo on January 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Mr. Kohli i am sorry, no sympathy!!!

  • SAcricFan on January 5, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Hey this guy is a piece of work, they are suppose to be their Countries Representatives Not their Countries clowns!ICC should find another way to punish these guys, 50% match fees are a joke, he will just do it again!!!

  • himanshu.team on January 5, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Kohli will learn with experience how to handle such situations. It is part and parcel of the game and a plyer should not let his concentration be affected by such comments.

  • muthasleem on January 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    hey bro, you have to learn from Sri Lankans, when the Aussie were behind Murali, still the sri Lankan specially Murali they were playing brand of cricket. Murlai was fielding the boundry even thoug lots abusing he still behave like a tur gentlemen. Aussie always known as worst behaved spectotrs. but keep your cool. learn from the legends.

  • zavahir on January 5, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is a gentlemen's game played by gentlemen to entertain gentlemen. The present state of affairs is lamentable.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 5, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Kohli needs to understand that convicts will be convicts!

    No need to stoop to their level.

  • zavahir on January 5, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Spare a thought for Murali. Imagine what he must have gone through.

  • eng_mdkhan on January 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Considering the History of Australians I think you can expect anything from them.

  • Ray24 on January 5, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    First the Aussie cricketers were blamed for sledging, now they blame the crowd. What next? The newspapers, TV commentators? This is getting to be just too much from a way over-rated Indian team. They are just good at home and a below then average team outside India. Would Kohli have shown the finger to the Calcutta crowd? They are one of the worst in the world and have always been. It's just plain frustration for not scoring runs and being beaten by a very young Australian side that's showing. Grow up Kohli and grow up Indian fans.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on January 5, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Kohli did the right thing. A spectator has no right to abuse a player from the safety of the crowd in the stands. This is not about Kohli's form or that he is Indian or that the crowd is Aussie. I think every player should show the middle finger if the crowd misbehaves. It is for the authorities to step in and ensure that the crowd behaves. If the authorities don't act and the cricket authorities think that bearing abuses in silence is the better part of valor, then they are just unwilling to address the problem. When players such as Kolhi are NOT fined or reprimanded for such actions and instead the crowd is vacated in the abusive section, only then will the crowds learn to behave and ensure that nobody amongst them misbehaves! I think very poorly of those who have not stood up for Kohli. If a person abuses / sledges, I say give it back several fold. Doing that is no reflection is on Kohli's character!

  • amjadmayo on January 5, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Reply crowd through your performance not this kind of things & behave like good sportsman ship.

  • Sulaimaan91 on January 5, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    learn from Murali, by far the most abused cricketer on tour in Australia.He kept quiet(in 95/96 and even later) and performed until he silenced them.And 10 years later(2005) got a standing ovation walking into the ground.

  • Jhon--Cena on January 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Mr. Virat Kohli, please you concentre on your game.... you don't go on words from crowd, even their players are such to used these kind of words ( few years before the word game happen between Harbajan and Symonds).

    So, you just play your good game and respond to australian people with bat.

  • sudarsn on January 5, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    pl leave kohli alone, he is an agressive player, the crowd as trigerred him and he lost is cool,he will learn, pl leave him alone for god sake.....why r the umpires not acting on pattison, he is over reacting for all umpires decision.....why is india and other countries in the mercy of ausies behaviora time will come when test and other matches have to be played on neutrel grounds like pak-eng with drs

  • joshofali on January 5, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Why don't we talk about INDIAN crowd! they messed lots of matches!

  • GVDRS on January 5, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    I don't agree with Kohil's explaination, because befor the 2nd test he tweeted that "cricketers are not machines to win every game...", I would like to ask are they machines to loose every game?. the players should respect the audience for making them heros. he shoud remember that they are earning name, fame and money for playing but we are making they for it without getting anything.

  • finncam on January 5, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Josephus72 is absolutely right. The Aussie crowd usually just wants to be part of the fun, to interact with the players. It's a sign of their recognition of the player, weird thought it may seem, when they bait fielders. Andre Nel became a crowd favourite when he started conducting the crowd chants himself!

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    So, if u defend the player, messages wont be approved.. Great going Mr.Sid!

  • vendetta_che on January 5, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    well said simon, kohli has lot to learn from sachin to behave and how to bat as well:-)

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Saghyr : Handling pressure?? If i speak nonsense about family members, will u smile? Come on man!! Crowd should know their limits.. The guys have something more than us and hence he in in the field and not in the crowd.. @ajayrcs : Booing is little bit ok but abusing family members is also deserved for a player? I do agree he need to play and prove.. He is a bit rude guy but still, cricket does have these types of guys.. Almost every team has these characters in them.. @Don_Simon : Kohli just gets a bit shocked while getting out.. Unless it was a shocker from umpire, he just goes back.. Just because he is Kohli, he should not get even shocked? Almost every player pauses for a second or more before leaving..

  • SanjivAwesome on January 5, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Kohli, what can I say. It is a tough tour. Aus cricketers are awesome. Their crowds are well, just like you;ve experienced. Clearly you've allowed them to get under your skin. You are young but need to learn to maintain your own primary focus on scoring runs.

  • IndAus090 on January 5, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    This is not Good start on Kohlis.... Show attitude with Bat....and as well OZ crowd have no attitude as they are already proved enough...They Cant imagine them self when they loose matches as they dream as born winners...This is Just a home backyard game for Clark .....No wonders No need to be excited Like OZ crowd....to Jump up and Down...

  • randikaayya on January 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Contrary to many commentators I can vouch that atleast the Chennai crowds are better! This is as a Sri Lankan by the way!

  • Don_Simon on January 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Kohli needs to work on his attitude. Every time he is given out, he has that weird looking expression in his face. He should take a cue out of SRT , Dravid and learn to respect the umpires decisions. He's is very talented but I think he has a bit of an ego issue.

  • joshofali on January 5, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Im not agreed with Kohli and Pietersen!! Indian players!! they always abuse when they got a wicket! and always shows the aggression to the batsman rather than celebration! Kohli was extremely frustrated thats why this happened. and If you talk about the australian crowd, I dont think the australian crowd is the only one who are doing this.

  • BMayuresh on January 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Cricket is a "Gentleman's game", it is applied to the Players. The crowds not necessarily be Gentle coz.... you can fine a player for his reaction you can't fine crowd for the instigation. Also I agree with the other comments, its not necessarily in Australia like KP said, you can find it the same situation at every venue be it Aus, Eng Ind or anywhere else.

  • padhi on January 5, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    abuse from the crowd is part and parcel of the game. You get paid over a 1000 times more than the average person in your country & when you perform like this , what do you expect. Respond with your bat & you'll get some respect.

  • Josephus72 on January 5, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Australian crowds tend to like players to interact and have fun with them. I clearly recall Kapil Dev fielding at long on in front of the infamous Bay 13 at the MCG during a tough ODI encounter. Instead of ignoring or reacting angrily to the jibes from the animated and partisan crowd, he began playing along with it a bit and having a bit of fun (including checking down the front of his trousers to confirm some of the chants being directed at him). In a few minutes the crowd was chanting "Kapil is a Legend!"

    The crowd is there to have fun so the best way to deal with the insults is to play along in the spirit they are meant. This should be a standard briefing to all touring players travelling to Australia. Bristling arrogance does not go down well with those in the outer. So always adapt to your envirionment!

  • BelieveMe on January 5, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Just wear earplugs when you know that you are going to get abuse.

  • karthik666 on January 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    What are u talking Nikhil ? Have you never seen games played at chennai and i guess ur knowledge on the game is poor ! who can forget the standing ovation which was given to the PAKISTAN team !!

  • Cricampion on January 5, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Crowd will be crowd, specially the Australians, but Kohli should not forget that he is representing India on international stage. No excuse is enough for his sorry behavior.

  • Rahul_78 on January 5, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    It would be better on Kohlis behalf to let his bat do the talking rather then his fingers showing rude signs. OZ crowd is always difficult to deal with but many great cricketers in the past have pointed out that the only way to earn there respect is through your cricket. Hope KP passes this tip to Kohli too.

  • Sakthiivel on January 5, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Hahaha.. Aussies are best in sledging and commenting than their cricket...

  • on January 5, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    No excuse for this gesture...if you cannot take the heat. get out of the kitchen Use your pent up anger to score a big hundred and silence the crowd in the best possible way

  • ajayrcs on January 5, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Why 50% of his match, ban him for at least 2 or 3 matches. Lots of people like Ricky, Murali got abused but but they didn't reacted. If one is getting applause for good job then get ready for abuses for not doing anything at all. By the way what he is dong in Indian team, i have no idea. His record is worse than Ashwin.

  • Saghyr on January 5, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    thats how indian's handle the pressure?

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 5, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    will this guy ever change? he is fine every alternate game for staring at the umpire in disbelief even when adjudged plumb lbw or gesturing at somebody. grow up bro this is international cricket.

  • drnaveed on January 5, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    i think kohli should concentrate much more on the field on his batting,fielding and bowling rather than any thing else.this is part of the game as far as crowd is concerned.what do you think indian crowd is friendly with the touring sides ?.

  • Number_5 on January 5, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Whilst not condoning Kohlis' response, the behavior of the minority of a lot of crowds around the world leaves a lot to be desired (Everywhere!). Ive seen the same at my home ground in Adelaide and quite possibly the worst behavior ive had to endure was at the SCG after tea each day of the Aus v World Xi game. 50% fine is a bit steep though...

  • wahajali on January 5, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Kohli's shouting obscenities almost every time he takes a catch or gets out. If he can do it, he should be man enough to face it too.

  • zenboomerang on January 5, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @NikhilNair :- "I saw lot of the day live, and the crowd kept booing for no specific reason"... ... Try going to the ground!!... You obviously have missed the mexican wave that goes around regularly & the wave doesn't happen in the 'members' - so aka the boo's aimed at the members stand... Been happening for 30 odd years... Keep watching the cricket live... :P...

  • Micgyver on January 5, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Its very true.As a regular Aussie fan to cricket matches,baiting the opposition teams has happened for a long time.I feel for Kohli and others but you cant take it personally.However i will say this.Kevin Peitersen is kidding himself if he thinks the English are any different.

  • Sidura on January 5, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    C'mon..these guys are professional players who should have enough mental strength to face these things. Also, they get paid enough to spend money on personal trainers. And.. when you are in Australia, you have to play the game accordingly.Just like what Arjuna Ranathunge did, there are ways to get under their skins too!

  • maddy20 on January 5, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Here in India, the crowd are given clear instructions not to involve in making abusive gestures or taunts at players. The security guards keep an eye on those in the stands at the front and kick out anyone who do such stuff. Sadly it appears like Cricket Australia does not care. Can't help but feel sorry for this guy.

  • Large_El_Guapo on January 5, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    If Kohli actually made some runs he'd find that the crowd wouldn't bother.... So long as he keeps prancing around the infield feigning throwing the stumps down to guys on 293 and 115 then he's going to to be the target of banter...

  • MTrain on January 5, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    I reckon it's a bit harsh on Kohli, apparently the crowd were only asking him how many balls he faced in the 2nd innings in Melbourne....

    ...but really it's just a case of "suck it up, princess". The best way to shut an Australian crowd up and get their respect is to show some ticker with the stick, something Kohli has consistently failed at when the pitch has any sort of assistance for the bowlers.

  • Rooboy on January 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    And now the excuses begin ...

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @ NikhilNair - "...and the crowd kept booing for no specific reason..." I think you'll find it was mainly when Beach balls were confiscated by Security/Police! Often happens as well when the Mexican wave doesn't make it thru the Members Stand!

  • wrenx on January 5, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Agreed, such hostility is to be found everywhere, and often generates much worse responses that Kohli's (I'm thinking of Inzi's ruck in Canada). A lot of people think a hostile crowd is healthy think that adds colour and zest to a contest, but I'm not sure I agree. I find it embarrassing and uncomfortable, particularly for a sport that reaches across a vast cultural divide. Cricket's supposed to be a gentleman's game, and baiting visiting players (or getting a reaction out of them) adds nothing to the sport, other than leaving a nasty aftertaste. @youngkeepersdad, I agree, it ought not to be celebrated, it doesn't enhance a country's reputation and I'd like to see a lot less of such macho posturing and abuse.

  • syed_kazmi on January 5, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    very sad mr.kohli. BUT you have history,you have done something like this before, remember world cup against great A B DE VILLIERS. don't blame crowd or anybody else for that. blame yourself.

  • TRAM on January 5, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I am watching cricket since early 70's. Aus crowd is on one end of class and Chennai crowd on the other end. Thats all I can see. Even today Chennai will ALSO cheer foreigners' hundreds, good fieldings and even good throws to the keeper's gloves. Now with the advent of IPL, even foreigners are like local heros. See the cheers Hayden or Muralidharan gets, even if they dont perform for CSK at times :-) !

  • dsig3 on January 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    This would never be a problem in India because no-one turns up to watch test cricket.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 5, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    i think the crowd did deserve it we all love kohli! :)

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 5, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I havent been to stadiums in Australia , but having seen quite a few matches in India , Indian spectators are no better . They hurl all types of abuses to the opposition (mostly in the regional languages) And worse , I feel , most times not all,there is no appreciation for a good shot /boundary/wicket played by the opposition team . Eden Gardens crowd was much better 15 yrs ago , now , sadly I can't say the same.

  • ygkd on January 5, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    The picture above is not a favourable image. However, stand at the SCG or MCG for an hour and (this in no way condones such a spectacle) you can start to see where it springs from if players even momentarily lose control. Players on both sides need to watch their behaviour and as for the crowd, there is always an unsavoury element wherever you are, including in India, intent on baiting the opposition. For too long in Australia opposition-baiting has been seen by plenty of barrackers as a greater sport than the cricket itself. It has been celebrated in books and cartoons and in the media, especially since the 1970s, and does nothing to improve Australia's reputation overseas.

  • NikhilNair on January 5, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    lol good reply from pietersen... and yes, have to agree with kohli that the crowd wasn't most welcoming. I saw lot of the day live, and the crowd kept booing for no specific reason. So I'm not really surprised they said something bad to him. But then... most crowds are really that way now... I have seen Indian crowds not respecting other visiting teams.

  • Scgboy on January 5, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    sad fact of life , boors are to be found , in every nation and in every city.Its not something limited to just one participial place or clime.No excuse for it , whoever and wherever.Just ask Merv Huges, Ponting or many others.Tacky is tacky.

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  • Scgboy on January 5, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    sad fact of life , boors are to be found , in every nation and in every city.Its not something limited to just one participial place or clime.No excuse for it , whoever and wherever.Just ask Merv Huges, Ponting or many others.Tacky is tacky.

  • NikhilNair on January 5, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    lol good reply from pietersen... and yes, have to agree with kohli that the crowd wasn't most welcoming. I saw lot of the day live, and the crowd kept booing for no specific reason. So I'm not really surprised they said something bad to him. But then... most crowds are really that way now... I have seen Indian crowds not respecting other visiting teams.

  • ygkd on January 5, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    The picture above is not a favourable image. However, stand at the SCG or MCG for an hour and (this in no way condones such a spectacle) you can start to see where it springs from if players even momentarily lose control. Players on both sides need to watch their behaviour and as for the crowd, there is always an unsavoury element wherever you are, including in India, intent on baiting the opposition. For too long in Australia opposition-baiting has been seen by plenty of barrackers as a greater sport than the cricket itself. It has been celebrated in books and cartoons and in the media, especially since the 1970s, and does nothing to improve Australia's reputation overseas.

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 5, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I havent been to stadiums in Australia , but having seen quite a few matches in India , Indian spectators are no better . They hurl all types of abuses to the opposition (mostly in the regional languages) And worse , I feel , most times not all,there is no appreciation for a good shot /boundary/wicket played by the opposition team . Eden Gardens crowd was much better 15 yrs ago , now , sadly I can't say the same.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 5, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    i think the crowd did deserve it we all love kohli! :)

  • dsig3 on January 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    This would never be a problem in India because no-one turns up to watch test cricket.

  • TRAM on January 5, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I am watching cricket since early 70's. Aus crowd is on one end of class and Chennai crowd on the other end. Thats all I can see. Even today Chennai will ALSO cheer foreigners' hundreds, good fieldings and even good throws to the keeper's gloves. Now with the advent of IPL, even foreigners are like local heros. See the cheers Hayden or Muralidharan gets, even if they dont perform for CSK at times :-) !

  • syed_kazmi on January 5, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    very sad mr.kohli. BUT you have history,you have done something like this before, remember world cup against great A B DE VILLIERS. don't blame crowd or anybody else for that. blame yourself.

  • wrenx on January 5, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Agreed, such hostility is to be found everywhere, and often generates much worse responses that Kohli's (I'm thinking of Inzi's ruck in Canada). A lot of people think a hostile crowd is healthy think that adds colour and zest to a contest, but I'm not sure I agree. I find it embarrassing and uncomfortable, particularly for a sport that reaches across a vast cultural divide. Cricket's supposed to be a gentleman's game, and baiting visiting players (or getting a reaction out of them) adds nothing to the sport, other than leaving a nasty aftertaste. @youngkeepersdad, I agree, it ought not to be celebrated, it doesn't enhance a country's reputation and I'd like to see a lot less of such macho posturing and abuse.

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @ NikhilNair - "...and the crowd kept booing for no specific reason..." I think you'll find it was mainly when Beach balls were confiscated by Security/Police! Often happens as well when the Mexican wave doesn't make it thru the Members Stand!