Mumbai v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 27, 2013

Kohli lays into 'hateful' Mumbai crowd

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has expressed disbelief at "the hatred towards the opposition" in Mumbai that, he said, he finds prevalent during the IPL. Speaking after his team's 58-run loss to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Kohli said the spectators seemed to have forgotten that he represents "their country" in international cricket.

"I don't know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don't come here to be hated," Kohli said. "It has happened to a few players in the past as well. I don't know why they get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world. They forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country.

"It is only creating hatred among the players. When I come back and play for India, they are going to cheer for me. It doesn't work that way."

Kohli seemingly incurred the crowd's wrath after effecting the run out of Ambati Rayudu without the Mumbai Indians batsman facing a ball. Kohli had just run out Dinesh Karthik with a direct hit, bringing Rayudu to the non-striker's end. From there, Rayudu had taken a start as Kieron Pollard hit towards Kohli in the covers. Kohli scored another direct hit, and Rayudu was short of his ground after getting into a tangle with the bowler, Vinay Kumar. The collision was not intentional, with Vinay backing away from the stumps to collect the throw, his back to Rayudu. It however resulted in the batsman's bat lifting off the ground as the stumps were dislodged.

Talking about that run-out, Kohli said: "It is very important to have knowledge of cricket. If it was any intentional interruption from the bowler then the umpire would have stopped the batsman [from walking off]. It is his job not mine. The bowler didn't see the batsman and the batsman didn't see the bowler, and they collided. It was perfectly fine to be honest."

"It is very important to have knowledge of cricket. If it was any intentional interruption from the bowler then the umpire would have stopped the batsman [from walking off]. It is his job not mine."
Virat Kohli on Ambati Rayudu's run-out

Kohli hinted that the batsman should have been more alert. "You should have that much cricket awareness to see where the bowler is coming back. He [Vinay] had to back up when there was no one behind him."

Following that incident, the crowd consistently jeered Kohli, reportedly calling him a 'cheat' and booing him even at the post-match presentation. The experience was very different from the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Kohli said, where all "Indian players are appreciated". "Whoever wins or loses, in any of the games in Bangalore, every captain is cheered, every Indian player is cheered. People appreciate good cricket."

This comes on the same day former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, in a newspaper column, backed the Mumbai crowd's "big heart". "The beauty of a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai is that there are enough supporters of other teams, so there won't be the one-sided expectations as in some other cities - where if your team does not do well, there's silence, while there is raucous applause for even a single off an inside-edge if it comes from the blade of their batsmen," Gavaskar wrote. "Mumbai has a big heart to accommodate such behavior, for it has seen how most people who have made careers and a profitable living in the metropolis after coming from outside still do not have affection for it."

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  • on April 29, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    I think most of the people here are using "gamesmanship" and "sportsman spirit" interchangeably. Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as "Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end" (Lumpkin, Stoll and Beller, 1994:92). Sportsman spirit or Sportsmanship (or sometimes sportspersonship) is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. Clearly the two are not the same. It's quite surprising that not even the editors picked this up in the "top" comments.

  • on April 28, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    what the mumbaikars dont seem to get is that technically, Kohli made no mistake on the field. He was well within his rights to let the umpire take a fair decision and its not like the decision wasn't referred to the third umpire. He watched the replays and took an informed decision. Since when does sticking to an umpire's decision make a player a cheater? Or am i to understand that in IPL, the crowd rules? The fans are stating that Kohli is immature and needs to improve on his gamesmanship, whereas it is clear that it is the fans who are immature. and P.S. kohli withdrew the run out appeal against Kedar Jadhav in the Delhi Daredevils game even though he was out. That is called gamesmanship.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Two things. First, let us not compare Kohli with MSD (an ODI great) or Sachin (one of the best bats in the history). But the lad is talented, ambitious and certainly a privileged kid. He hasn't come up from middle class background like MSD or SRT, so he is brash, but make no mistake he isn't short on talent or toil. Compare him with Rohit, Raina, Utthappa, Pathan bros. and you'll see that he covets the India cap and has worked hard to get where he is. He does NOT need to be modest - lacking modesty did NOT make McGrath or Ponting lesser greats ( not to mention Viv Richards, who complimented him earlier this week). Secondly, while he should learn to keep the crowd out of the equation, Mumbai crowds (who once even jeered Sachin during a form slump) might do well to learn from Chennai (cheering PAK despite losing after Sachin's 136) or Bangalore (applauding Miandad during his last match, WC'96 QF) too. There's a reason we remember these - it's called Gamesmanship!

  • rogues13 on April 30, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @ the second "featured" comment: - We MUMBAIKAR know our cricket and know that Technically Rayadu was out....Coz it was a MUMBAIKAR whi was out in similar fashion in 1999 test against Pakistan in Calcutta when Shoiab AKhtar INADVERTENTLY blocked him. It was the same Mumbaikar who was runout in CB series in Australia, when Brett Lee was INADVERTENTLY in his way. Also there was sportmanspirit displayed by DHONI to recall Ian Bell after the run out iduring the 2012 test in England, despite ENgland being ahead and looking to win the test. Against Srilanka, Sehwag displayed similar spirit after Ashhwin had runout one of the batsman for backing too far. So i think we all MUMBAIKARS are more upset about the sportman Spirit aspect of the game, which i think Virat Kohli failed to understand and started complaining about the crowd.

  • doubtingthomas on April 30, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    He's a sportsman, not a scholar. Time and again, Kohli's spats have born out of unadulterated passion. It's too much to expect politically correct statements from a 24 year old. As and when more and more young cricketers play as Captains of whichever side, such situations are bound to occur. This might be strange to Cricket where captaincy has traditionally been with the experienced, but in many other individual as well as team sports, young sportsmen stepping the line in full media glare is no oddity.

  • Shumbu on April 30, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Crowd supports a player mainly for three reasons... 1) The player plays for their favourite TEAM (National team/local team) 2) The player has great TALENT (Eg: Sehwag, Gambhir etc) 3) The player has good personality/conduct (Eg: Laxman, Irfan Pathan etc) During any match, the TEAM will the most important thing for the majority of the crowd. So, any player in the opposition team will be playing against their interest. However, they might like or support the performance of any particular opposition player if his talent or personality influence the crowd. For example, Bangalore crowd will like to see Dravid score a fifty for RR and RCB wins the game. Players like Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni belongs to this category.... they get support for their personality, talent and team. But players like Kohli, Sreesanth, Pollard etc will get support because of team & talent only.... their behaviour on the field won't attract many! This is what Mr. Kohli should understand. National players has to be role

  • varun2385 on April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I think Virat has gona a bit over the top in his remarks, I mean just like players in the field in the heat of the moment lose there temper and say something absurd, why can't the fans who are as much involve as player in the match say something. And, look who is talking about when I play for INDIA they will cheer for him than how come they are booing down as RCB player, than why didn't he thought about this when he had full on confrontation with Mr. Gautam Gambhir, while that act of his is to considered heat of the moment sorry Mr. Virat you can't apply two different yard stick. So, it would been better hanlde by him by saying probably the crowd said those words in the heat of the moment. I think he will and he should learn how to handle crowd remarks, as supposedly he is the next big think in INDIAN CRICKET.

  • VIGNESH287 on April 30, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Kohli it does work that way... In politics this tenure you support the ruling party and when the opposition party comes into power dont you shift gears?? We admire your cricketing skills and physical endurance but you are far from a captain material. You need to be calm under pressure, guide the team members act like a warrior when your playing but when responding to people and comments you should have yourself light... The reason behind Dhoni's success thats the reason he is admired by everyone not just by Chennai Crowd!

  • rogues13 on April 30, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    I think this situation is being dragged out of context, the Mumbai crowd was not booeing Kohli before the run out incident, it was only after that incident the crowd got upset. And Kohli was within his right to appeal, he wasnt cheating, it was just not in the spiirt of the game. During the England series, the Indian team was also boood when they took the field, before the crowd realized that Bell had been recalled, after which they appreciated the Indian teams gesture. Had Kohli done something similar, the crowd would have appreciated him as well.

  • laxya_29 on April 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    I think Kohli easily forgetting what he has done and is kind of getting his wrath out on the spectators saying that even he is Indian and plays for India. 1. Virat need to understand that its a game and if he feels that he is an Indian then why is he even playing for Bangalore and why are there 8 teams in the same India. People ought to boo you. 2. Virat... Are you forgetting your spat with Gambhir. Even he is an Indian that to a Delhi boy where you also come from. 3. Virat, you might not have even spent an hour with the spectators who were booing you, but you would have spent lots and lots of time with Gambhir with whom you had a tough time on field. Do Indian players behave that way? On what grounds you expect the crowd to respect you when you dont keep your respect 4. Learn from your seniors. Respond to critics by your bat and dont show your anger

    All the best... Virat. You are a good player... dont just loose it by such small instances.

  • on April 29, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    I think most of the people here are using "gamesmanship" and "sportsman spirit" interchangeably. Gamesmanship is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as "Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end" (Lumpkin, Stoll and Beller, 1994:92). Sportsman spirit or Sportsmanship (or sometimes sportspersonship) is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. Clearly the two are not the same. It's quite surprising that not even the editors picked this up in the "top" comments.

  • on April 28, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    what the mumbaikars dont seem to get is that technically, Kohli made no mistake on the field. He was well within his rights to let the umpire take a fair decision and its not like the decision wasn't referred to the third umpire. He watched the replays and took an informed decision. Since when does sticking to an umpire's decision make a player a cheater? Or am i to understand that in IPL, the crowd rules? The fans are stating that Kohli is immature and needs to improve on his gamesmanship, whereas it is clear that it is the fans who are immature. and P.S. kohli withdrew the run out appeal against Kedar Jadhav in the Delhi Daredevils game even though he was out. That is called gamesmanship.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Two things. First, let us not compare Kohli with MSD (an ODI great) or Sachin (one of the best bats in the history). But the lad is talented, ambitious and certainly a privileged kid. He hasn't come up from middle class background like MSD or SRT, so he is brash, but make no mistake he isn't short on talent or toil. Compare him with Rohit, Raina, Utthappa, Pathan bros. and you'll see that he covets the India cap and has worked hard to get where he is. He does NOT need to be modest - lacking modesty did NOT make McGrath or Ponting lesser greats ( not to mention Viv Richards, who complimented him earlier this week). Secondly, while he should learn to keep the crowd out of the equation, Mumbai crowds (who once even jeered Sachin during a form slump) might do well to learn from Chennai (cheering PAK despite losing after Sachin's 136) or Bangalore (applauding Miandad during his last match, WC'96 QF) too. There's a reason we remember these - it's called Gamesmanship!

  • rogues13 on April 30, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @ the second "featured" comment: - We MUMBAIKAR know our cricket and know that Technically Rayadu was out....Coz it was a MUMBAIKAR whi was out in similar fashion in 1999 test against Pakistan in Calcutta when Shoiab AKhtar INADVERTENTLY blocked him. It was the same Mumbaikar who was runout in CB series in Australia, when Brett Lee was INADVERTENTLY in his way. Also there was sportmanspirit displayed by DHONI to recall Ian Bell after the run out iduring the 2012 test in England, despite ENgland being ahead and looking to win the test. Against Srilanka, Sehwag displayed similar spirit after Ashhwin had runout one of the batsman for backing too far. So i think we all MUMBAIKARS are more upset about the sportman Spirit aspect of the game, which i think Virat Kohli failed to understand and started complaining about the crowd.

  • doubtingthomas on April 30, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    He's a sportsman, not a scholar. Time and again, Kohli's spats have born out of unadulterated passion. It's too much to expect politically correct statements from a 24 year old. As and when more and more young cricketers play as Captains of whichever side, such situations are bound to occur. This might be strange to Cricket where captaincy has traditionally been with the experienced, but in many other individual as well as team sports, young sportsmen stepping the line in full media glare is no oddity.

  • Shumbu on April 30, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Crowd supports a player mainly for three reasons... 1) The player plays for their favourite TEAM (National team/local team) 2) The player has great TALENT (Eg: Sehwag, Gambhir etc) 3) The player has good personality/conduct (Eg: Laxman, Irfan Pathan etc) During any match, the TEAM will the most important thing for the majority of the crowd. So, any player in the opposition team will be playing against their interest. However, they might like or support the performance of any particular opposition player if his talent or personality influence the crowd. For example, Bangalore crowd will like to see Dravid score a fifty for RR and RCB wins the game. Players like Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni belongs to this category.... they get support for their personality, talent and team. But players like Kohli, Sreesanth, Pollard etc will get support because of team & talent only.... their behaviour on the field won't attract many! This is what Mr. Kohli should understand. National players has to be role

  • varun2385 on April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I think Virat has gona a bit over the top in his remarks, I mean just like players in the field in the heat of the moment lose there temper and say something absurd, why can't the fans who are as much involve as player in the match say something. And, look who is talking about when I play for INDIA they will cheer for him than how come they are booing down as RCB player, than why didn't he thought about this when he had full on confrontation with Mr. Gautam Gambhir, while that act of his is to considered heat of the moment sorry Mr. Virat you can't apply two different yard stick. So, it would been better hanlde by him by saying probably the crowd said those words in the heat of the moment. I think he will and he should learn how to handle crowd remarks, as supposedly he is the next big think in INDIAN CRICKET.

  • VIGNESH287 on April 30, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Kohli it does work that way... In politics this tenure you support the ruling party and when the opposition party comes into power dont you shift gears?? We admire your cricketing skills and physical endurance but you are far from a captain material. You need to be calm under pressure, guide the team members act like a warrior when your playing but when responding to people and comments you should have yourself light... The reason behind Dhoni's success thats the reason he is admired by everyone not just by Chennai Crowd!

  • rogues13 on April 30, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    I think this situation is being dragged out of context, the Mumbai crowd was not booeing Kohli before the run out incident, it was only after that incident the crowd got upset. And Kohli was within his right to appeal, he wasnt cheating, it was just not in the spiirt of the game. During the England series, the Indian team was also boood when they took the field, before the crowd realized that Bell had been recalled, after which they appreciated the Indian teams gesture. Had Kohli done something similar, the crowd would have appreciated him as well.

  • laxya_29 on April 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    I think Kohli easily forgetting what he has done and is kind of getting his wrath out on the spectators saying that even he is Indian and plays for India. 1. Virat need to understand that its a game and if he feels that he is an Indian then why is he even playing for Bangalore and why are there 8 teams in the same India. People ought to boo you. 2. Virat... Are you forgetting your spat with Gambhir. Even he is an Indian that to a Delhi boy where you also come from. 3. Virat, you might not have even spent an hour with the spectators who were booing you, but you would have spent lots and lots of time with Gambhir with whom you had a tough time on field. Do Indian players behave that way? On what grounds you expect the crowd to respect you when you dont keep your respect 4. Learn from your seniors. Respond to critics by your bat and dont show your anger

    All the best... Virat. You are a good player... dont just loose it by such small instances.

  • Rahulbose on April 29, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    It is more strange that Kohli is complaining about crowd loyalty towards IPL teams. One would think IPL folks would see this as a positive sign that IPL teams are building a fan following. Take NBA as an example, it is routine for a player to be booed in his town after a trade to another franchise.

  • on April 29, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    What on earth is wrong with Kohli? Isn't he a professional? Doesn't he play for India? One passionate Mumbai crowd spooks the "run machine" of the Indian team! Give me a break! Who can forget the spat that Kohli was involved in with KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. It was ugly, it was uncalled for by both players and it didn't improve Kohli's attitude problem. He may be "awesome" in ads, but he is a bit of an ugly customer otherwise. His statement that the sportsmanship on the ground during a cricket match rests with umpire. Its not "his problem", Kohli asserts. But he cannot be the complete cricketer if he didn't. Kohli jumps to conclusions too fast. Sorry Kohli, there is nothing really special about you. Whatever you had, you just lost it. Ask for not whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee

  • areen on April 29, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I saw one of the featured comments mentioning that Technically Kohli did nothing wrong. I guess, then in the same vain technically the crowd did nothing wrong either. India is a free country and freedom of speech allows them to shout and scream at the top of their voice and if that disturbed kohli such that he got out after scoring a measly single, then kudos to the mumbai crowd. Lets all applaud the 12th man in Mumbai, The fans!!

  • on April 29, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    KOhli might have forgotten his ugly spat with Gambhir during the match between RCB & KKR.. They have played together in many teams.. and it was shocking to see such a behavior from them.. So, I don't think Kohli has the right to speak on the crowd. And it is not true sportsmanship to give answers with mouth.. One should answer the critics with bat like Sachin and Dhoni do. Kohli needs to grow up a lot and control his anger.

  • wranganath on April 29, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    It's not surprising that the unruly crowd booing kohli in Mumbai.I watched the semifinal between RCB & MI at DY Patil stadium in 2010.Hardly handful of RCB fans watching the match, whole stadium turned out to be only blue.The crowd especially targeted Kohli & Kevin Peterson.They booed & used taunting phrases prepared to shout at them whenever they were fielding near the boundary line. But considering the runout of Rayadu booing was much over the line. These crowds will be there and take every chance 2 boo on rival teams, When u endup in a state which is not pleasing to home side. Wonder what Sunil Gavaskar would say now. RCB and Kohli instead of concerning about the crowd have to move on and plan how to win & stay in race of top 4. We hv seen as captain of the side there is considerable change in Kohli's approach and has been maturing with time. Just play down the incident and play the real game of entertaining cricket which RCB has shown this season till now barring the Mumbai match.

  • JLS1 on April 29, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Hey folks as far as i am concerned Mr.Kohli was more annoyed and got pricked since he had received such a gesture from his own country men. I am damn sure, that must have given him some sort of uneasy thoughts and that's the matter. If the Mumbai crowd can cheer for blokes like Ponting & Symonds you could and should cheer for virat too , perhaps it is your call MI supporters :) all we want to see the spectators are getting enough entertainment for each and every bucks they spend. MI crowd had a go at Mr.Kohli just because of that run out of Mr.Raydu huh ? Oh boy you still won the match peeps :)

  • Gajanana on April 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    i think this is not fair to blame anybody

  • Akshay92 on April 29, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @kingcobra85 and as far as slogans and songs go...you obviously do not follow English Premier League I presume??if you did you would hear the songs that are sung by the crowds..you would eat your words about inspiration and no belittling...crowds pay money to come and watch the game no matter which and they have a certain freedom in expressing themselves..booing someone for no reason occurs,i am against it but in my humble opinion kohli deserved what he got

  • Akshay92 on April 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @kingcobra85 giving a hard time to the opponents is totally allowed by the crowd..thats why there is home crowd and away crowd..booing kohli was a result of him appealing(unfairly in my opinion) for rayudu's runout when vinay kumar unintentionally impeded him..at the very kohli after seeing the replay should have withdrawn his appeal...nobody noticed that the crowd only started booing him after that incident they didnt do so before it..kohli talks about him being indian and crowd should support him no matter what then what gives him the right to question the knowledge of indian crowd after all the crowd is also indian right(see the irony??)just because he is a famous person doesnt give him the right to think he is above everyone

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    yes, IPL is not the end...I guess he had known it while abusing Gambhir...... everyone gets the heat, so did the crowd...... don't make the fuss....you don't have the control on your own-self, how can thousands of people can be controlled then?

  • SherjilIslam on April 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    This is absolutely a kid stuff from Kohli. Kohli giving a"gyan" (Knowledge) on Cricketing rules to people who thronged the stadium every time their team plays is just unacceptable. What he thinks, the people who are spending thousands to come and watch a match don't know the rules????

  • kingcobra85 on April 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    @Akshay92 booing and heckling now part of the atmosphere ? Really then you must be following the wrong clubs or born after 1990. Go to any club with any respect you would find songs and slogans that made them famous. Most of those songs would be inspiring people not belittling them

  • maddy20 on April 29, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    So the Mumbai crowd is whinging now, asking Kohli to grow up? How would you feel if Sachin was booed else where in India? There is no word called "sportsmanship" in the Mumbai crowds' dictionary. Perhaps that is one of the reasons people like Sunny G push for Sachin to keep playing and force the likes of Rahane(who has a very poor technique to play test cricket) into the Indian team!

  • mogs on April 29, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Dear Virat Kohli, Either you change your attitude or people will change the love on you :-)

  • ramli on April 29, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Kohli ... how can a crowd express their displeasure or criticism instantly ... by booing only ... they can't engage you in a conversation ... if you feel that you were jeered for wrong reasons ... express it in nice terms ... why question crowd knowledge ... it may be worse that if they possessed adequate knowledge ... they might not even come to watch you play ??

  • ramli on April 29, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Omar Nizam ... Chennai crowd has always been knowledgeable ... that is okay ... but in Kolkata 1996 WC ... the crowd was NOT against the Sri Lankans ... they were only angry with the ineptitude batting of India that they got emotional ... I don't think they targeted the Sri Lankan players ... they expressed their anger towards damaging the stadium ... of course it is not fair anyway

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 29, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I love the way Dhoni handles himself and his emotions on the field. He's got a lot more poise than even Dravid who I rank highly. The camera panned on to Dhoni's face several times when the Chennai bowlers bowled some brain-dead overs to KKR y'day. He was clearly fuming, but he barely let it show let alone be demonstrative about it. If I rate Dhoni 95/100, I would rate Kohli less than 25 on 100. On this count alone, Kohli is unfit to lead the national side, though I have no problems with him leading a club side. A captain is supposed to be exemplary in nature, in every way, off and on the field. Dhoni is said to be one of the smartest cricketing brains in the game, with a great on field cricket sense. Simon Tauffel, the umpire also thinks so and he has stood watching the action across the world in numerous situations and many players over time. Frankly, I've not seen a single Indian display it to such a level these past 40 years.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 29, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    It's good to sport an attitude. It's unbearable when throws around one. Kohli throws around a lot of attitude. When you throw around attitude, one has unfortunately come across all sorts of people who also like to reciprocate, and their reciprocation may not always be acceptable or in good taste. The angry young man image works only as long as you don't get the other people around you all worked up and angry... for any reason, real or imagined.

  • on April 29, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I recall Yuvraj Singh also felt disappointed at being booded in an IPL match a few years ago, stating that there are players from Punjab who represent India as well. Kohli is an Indian first, and a Bangalore player second. Its more difficult to take such negative feedback from one's own flock than from a foreign flock.

    The Chennai crowd from 1999 giving the Pakistanis a standing ovation is probably the greatest example of an Indian crowd appreciting good cricket.

    The worst example I'm sorry to say is when the Kolkata crowd went totally insane during the 1996 World Cup semi-final when India was heading for a loss against Sri Lanka. That is probably the most shameful moment ever from an Indian crowd.

  • Akshay92 on April 29, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Seeing the comments here there are two things that I have noticed....One is that Kohli cannot expect Mumbai fans to cheer him when he is playing for another franchise and he would not have been booed if he had the simple sense and sportmanship to call Rayudu back...if it was just a club game why would it have mattered if RCB lost or won right???Secondly,Chennai fans need to stop acting holier than thou...just because you dont boo other players in your stadium doesnt make you better than others...atmosphere is any sporting stadium is created when fans noises can rattle the players thats why there is something called a home stadium advantage..Mumbai fans are passionate about there team winning and will be upset or angry if their player gets out on "technical" terms...It happens in every sport...Kohli cannot expect soft treatment towards him everywhere he must accept it and move on

  • terrainwarrior on April 29, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    There is no lack of talent in Kohli. But as an IPL cricketer,he needs to understand that the expectations r certainly high from the crowds.In criticizing the Mumbai crowd,Kohli has conveniently forgotten the jeering from the Bangalore crowd his Delhi teammate Gambhir got during the infamous incident involving humself during the match between RCB & KKR.In the past, he was criticized for showing his middle finger during the Sydney test a couple of years back.Although he is looked upon as a future Indian cricket captain, he still is a long way to go from the pedigree of Tendulkar,Ganguly,Dravid,Dhoni or Kumble.Perhaps he has a lot to learn about captaincy from Ganguly & Dhoni.As far as the Mumbai crowd is concerned,personally I wud love to seem them cheering for the Mumbai Ranji team which is a lot better than MI

  • harry-anjh on April 29, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, you were not playing for India, you were playing in a league where everyone has a choice for supporting their team no matter in which fashion or what extent. We will definitely cheer you when you will play for India but not this time. This is how a cricket league should be, like Football.

    You and Gambhir both play for India but still you were more aggressive than him, now what you can say about that.....If you want to go ahead in life just relax and stay calm like our God, Dhoni, The Wall, VVS, Viru etc. Don't react always respond.....

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    It's a free country. The Mumbai fans, however biased, are entitled to their opinions. They paid their rupees. If Kohli can't take the heat, he should get out of the kitchen. Kohli should try telling that to the ManU, Liverpool, Real Madrid, or any supporters of a major league football team. Grow Up.

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    So what if Virat Kohli is not modest or what is shows off??? He backs it up with his performances!!! Some of the commentators having a go at Kohli should understand that none of them are better than him in terms of talent or temper. The guys who question on how Kohli can lead India with this temper need to take a look at how Ricky Ponting was when he started his career and then how he led Australia over the years. This kid has got what it takes and the less and evying mortals need to give the kid the credit for his performance and stop being jealous. People need to understand when you are as talented as Virat Kohli he can choose to be modest or otherwise. This kid likes to express himself on the field and so be it. Everybody take a chill pill and let the guy be.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 29, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    This was sot of expected and it only shows kholi hasn't become a man yet. It is not just in mumbai but happens in other venues like kolkata (when their fav players get thrown out) or even delhi.

    Sachin got booed in mumbai and dravid got booed in kolkata and laxman got booed(particularly odis) in international matches . Do you know how they handled those situations? Sachin replied it was only a section of crowd and it was understandable because of their passion. And Dravid just played it down by saying that the crowd was nice in the whole tournament with the exception of one venue. And laxman, well that man always said he was only hurt and never said anything about the venues at all.

    That said i personally feel chennai crowd is(in particular and other southern venues in general) the best in india ( And i do not belong to any of the venues mentioned here)

  • harry-anjh on April 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, you were not playing for India, you were playing in a league where everyone has a choice for supporting their team no matter in which fashion or what extent. We will definitely cheer you when you will play for India but not this time. This is how a cricket league should be, like Football.

    You and Gambhir both play for India but still you were more aggressive than him, now what you can say about that.....If you want to go ahead in life just relax and stay calm like our God, Dhoni, The Wall, VVS, Viru etc. Don't react always respond.....

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Kohli is tipped 2 b the Future Indian Captain,He does n't deserve that tag.His attitude and on field behavior has always been questionable. His middle finger salute as recently his altercation with Gambhir & the way he says that IPL is not the end of the world then he could have given the benefit 2 the batsman & showed some gamesmanship.for all that wicket of Rayudu in that fashion would n't have been the end of the world for RCB.Anyways ppl like Virat should learn from MSD as to how they should conduct themselves on the field and then start aspiring to lead the country.

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    What you sow is what you reap. You improve your attitude on & off the field, same crowd will take u in better spirit. And on top, this press conference will also do no good. You should have handled it politically. Just a single line apology would have sufficed, saying it was unintentional. You are instead teaching everyone rules. We all know the rules, that's why it is called sports spirit, because if you leave it to umpire of course it is out. It is as if you are demanding respect. Earn it man!!! Same episode, same venue, different captain. I am sure crowd would have reacted different. They being indifferent to you not the run out decision. We all are a big fan of your talent, but your character, its a bit unfortunate. Don't be in denial, if there are so many negative responses, there has to be something which you are doing, which is not going well.

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Game should be taken in as just another game but why this booing for Virat, some fan of CSK said Gayle performs only against minnows which I feel the comment is out of context, appreciating our own men is an ordinary task but appreciating and accepting the rival teams performance needs just guts which lacks in many. Virat first of all a national team player and as an asset the decision lies with the umpires and they took the decision wisely and logically and technically it was a good decision for that why Virat should be booed which shows lack of sportsmanship in Mumbai crowd.

    It would be better to conduct matches in neutral venues i.e., if CSK faces RCB let them play at venues other than in Bangalore or Chennai.

  • harry-anjh on April 29, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, you were not playing for India, you were playing in a league where everyone has a choice for supporting their team no matter in which fashion or what extent. We will definitely cheer you when you will play for India but not this time. This is how a cricket league should be, like Football.

    You and Gambhir both play for India but still you were more aggressive than him, now what you can say about that.....If you want to go ahead in life just relax and stay calm like our God, Dhoni, The Wall, VVS, Viru etc. Don't react always respond.....

  • shashi_sku on April 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    '' Kohli has got lot of attitude problems nowdays....He seems that he cannot make any mistake... During match with CSK he was clearly out but he kept standing there.. if it was Sachin he might have gone... This shows his class....!! He has to improve himself by the way of honesty and maturity then only he can be a big player.. Stop crying Kohli and better to be prepared for more to come....!!

  • on April 29, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Mr kohli then why did you fight with Mr. Gambir that also in the middle of the crowd end of the day you both play for Indian team? and If the same thing happened to your team how would you react? end of the day every fingers are not the same, each fingers has their own role its up to us to make sure that the hand is been used correctly. Chill out dude

  • on April 29, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    According to virat kohli Mumbai crowd was bit ugly on him by calling him cheater after the controversy over ambati rayadu's runout , he said in post match interview that Bangalore crowd won't behave in this passion n complaint that Mumbai crowd should appreciate good cricket ..... But he forgot that Mumbai crowd not only like n appreciate good cricket buy at the same time it should be fair n played in spirit of the game.... Mind it kohli...Mumbaikars are best n not ugly.....

  • vinayespn on April 29, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    The reception that Rahul Dravid, Dhoni, Sachin n other popular Indian cricketers receive in Bangalore is unquestionable.. The crowd here appreciate good cricket and every six,four,wicket and hence it resembles a festival and less of warzone.. The atmosphere is friendly for cricketers who want to showcase their talent.. Virat is right in speaking his heart out about this incident.. Finally there is someone who can call a spade as spade in Indian cricket..

  • CSreekumar on April 29, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    It is an immature behavior from crowd of course. But it is few fellows, not the entire crowd in stadium. It happens in any stadium, suppose if unfortunate run-out happened to Gayle in Bangalore or MSD in Chennai. Kohli is too immature to accept booing from small crowd. Pathetic!

  • austentayshus on April 29, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I am not Kolhi Fan but Mumbai crowd does suck and cross all the line very often

  • Insult_2_Injury on April 29, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Harden up Kohli, you take too much notice what's going on on the other side of the fence, especially when you lose. The same sooky rubbish came from him when on tour in Australia in 2011/12. You're going to have to get used to it if you're going to be a professional sportsman, especially when you show that you have a soft demeanour, because the opposition- players & fans - will sledge you, especially now they not only know you are soft but that they can get to you. No credibility for complaining about the passion of fans who have brought him huge international and IPL contracts. No respect for a child who wants everything his way.

  • on April 29, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    ok. he is playing for india but then even Gautam Gambhir plays for india alongwith Virat, then why did he badmouthed Gautam Gambhir in earlier match against KKR. in fact he was threatening Gautam with the bat. is this not hate? and then there was a photograph showing Morgan smiling at the two indian teammates going at each other. Virat don't ever try to ridicule public, because then they see everything on the cricket ground happenings. you are still in your teens as far as cricket is concerned.

  • Jazibatwicket on April 29, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Kohli(stroke master&stylish player) needs a matured Head to sustain as a player&skipper.. but inspite of that mum crowd would have been lot more sportive.. MSD a Text book which is kept free for public accessing.. so VK can lend that. cheers

  • AzharGangat on April 29, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Totally agree with Sal76, couldn't have said it better. Kohli is a professional athlete, he should know that these things are part and parcel of the athlete's life. His argument that people should not 'boo' him as he also plays for India has no basis as he's being given this rap only when he plays for his IPL team. They boo him when he is NOT playing for India. And they won't when he does. What's wrong with that? If he was being booed when he plays for India then it would be a different story. When he plays for only one city and wants to be treated as he would be treated as a player playing for India is like Harbhajan Singh asking to be cheered in Australia.

  • Rodc on April 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    This lad is talented but arrogant ,he says ipl is not the end of the world but does not mean it,you can see that when he gets out or the opposition is on top he starts to get angry .the raydu incedent was the same ,i agree that technically he was right but everybody could see that raydu would have reached the crease comfortably had it not been for vinay kumar,so in that case as a soprtsman he should have called raydu back.

  • class9ryan on April 29, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    The crowd surely did not understand what was going on. There was an INTERNATIONAL umpire and not two domestic umpires in that game . So things have gone according to the rules. Kohli is an aggressive captain and did nothing wrong here.

    I think most of us have forgotten the incident when Harshal Patel and Ambati Rayudu were involved in a poor incident. Ambati won the man of the match in that game, and refused to shake hands with Harshal even after the game but the Bangalore crowd didnt boo at him.

    This is a incident of serious misunderstanding in the crowd.

  • ibbani on April 29, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Well said chatas, Mumbai crowd is known for BOOING, they are BOO crowd, no surprise is, they BOOed Sachin too. Coming to Gambhir, we all know how Shahid and Afridi and Gambhir fought with MC and BC words, so Gambhir is a proven provoker, Gambhir has 10 years of International experience, while Virat with 3-4, so Virat must not be tamed here. This Virat is such a aggressive boy and a very good captain too.

  • dariuscorny on April 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Kohli is providing enough evidence that he shouldnt be forseen as India captain,he argues he cries too much......

  • on April 29, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Kohli is a bit aggressive and brash at times but he is a real talent and what he says is true.

    As a Pakistani it is ridiculous that Indian crowds jeer their own player over silly IPL teams. I honestly wish Pakistan had a batsman with even half the talent Virat Kohli has. If he calms his temperament a little he can become more respectable like Tendulkar, Dhoni etc.

  • Romenevans on April 29, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    RCB crowed boooed Gambhir, What was that Mr. Kohli? You need to work on your attitude, or else no matter how many runs you'll score you will never win our respect. Learn from Dravid, Amla, Kallis and Sachin.

  • adas963 on April 29, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    I think there is some misunderstanding and misinterpretation from Kohli's part. The mumbai cricket fans are one of the greatest fans I have ever seen. They will even not support a Mumbai player if he is not performing for India. Of course Kohli plays great for India and we all love him but we support the team country's team. So whoever plays in it they should feel fortunate because for whatever reason they won't play tomorrow the support will immediately go to the new person who took his place and performs. Thats just the simple rule of life. IPL is totally different game, environment, hype etc. It shouldn't be compared to Indian team at all. Dravid said it beautifully!!!

  • Sal76 on April 29, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Seriously? This is not about "playing for country". This is about playing for the millions of dollars paid for by the franchises. Fans' loyalties in the IPL are towards the franchises, i.e., the cities whose fans come out in numbers to support their home boys. Does Kohli really expect Mumbai fans to cheer for RCB? Really? Wait, no...let me ask again, REALLY? HELL NO!!!!! Grow up KOHLI, this is what being a professional playing for a franchise means. When you play in Indian colours, it will be a different thing and the same Mumbai fans will cheer you when you demonstrate your arrogance against Clarke and his boys. But when Ponting leads Mumbai, the "blue" has a different meaning. Get it Kohli? Now stop whining. On a separate note, there was nothing wrong with the appeal and the out.

  • anilpoluru on April 29, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Why is this kid crying....All is fair in war and game. Kohli, you are considered as future captain, please do not spoil your chances with such kind of immediate/immature statements .Kohli says, he followed the rules, yes he is technically correct. at the same time it is clear evident that, there is nothing wrong with Rayudu also. at least after the video clipping, Kohli should have withdrawn his appeal. Kohli,if you want to be a successful captain of any team (RCB/INDIA/MI) you nee 360 degree thought process. It is very sad to see you in the field shouting on your fellow teammates of RCB, very sad. Be mature, think with cool head, talk smart... I would say look at MSD.

  • IndCricFan2013 on April 29, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Come on Kohli, You and your Delhi and India team mate Gambhir behaved much worse in another IPL match, I understand that is in the heat of the moment. Same thing here, this is also heat of the moment, crowd wants their team to win and when more than two behave that way it looks much worse. We love you ( CSK fan on behalf of MI fan) and we take that your press conference also as a heat of the moment still continuing. You are a Captain materiel and Mumbai crowd is an average Indian Fan, OK, Mumbai Indian Fan, give them a break, they just want their team to win and get upset when some thing like that happens. Like how you expect them to behave good, they expect you to call the batsman back, but you do not need to.I am sure next time some one ask this question to you your answer will be different.

  • gpindian on April 29, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    To be a great sportsperson, you got to first have great sportsmanship. To be loved by the crowds, you got to first realize the importance of the crowds. How can you play for your country if you don't first love the people of the country? It's funny to see Kohli talk so much, when you can clearly see that he doesn't have answers to so many questions. He was out of line, didn't understand his responsibilities and has so far done nothing to understand why he is not liked by the cricket lovers. He needs to introspect before playing for Bangalore or for India any further. Until he changes his attitude, I hope he doesn't become the captain of India.

  • Jim_G on April 28, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Kohli is a very talented player who is running the risk of damaging his reputation with his constant whinging. He plays the game hard and gives plenty of verbal on the field, but then doesn't like it when anything goes against him. You can't have it both ways. It doesn't matter if you're playing in India or overseas - the world isn't obliged to love you Virat. If you dish it out on the field, you need to learn to accept it in return.

  • on April 28, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    i am pretty sure, next time he comes to Mumbai, representing India, he will get booed...Grow up lad, it happens in every sports be in EPL, NFL or IPL.

  • vvn_vampire on April 28, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    There is no moral compass here.. The question is whether the run out is given as per the rule... Imagine a case where Sachin didn't walked after a nick (which he had done before..).. Would the Mumbai crowd boo that too?

    Do i appreciate what Kohli did? No.. But i won't boo him for that.. There are very few people in Cricket who follow ethics..

  • Sal76 on April 28, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Oh, and one more thing. Kohl's "laying into the crowd" attitude is not going to get the crowd to "unhate" him. It's just going to aggravate things for him in Mumbai, and potentially elsewhere during the IPL. All he needs to do is keep his mouth shut and let the experts tell the crowd that they shouldn't be upset.

  • vxttemp on April 28, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Ok. So how many of you remember Sachin getting out the same way in 1999 against pakistan in calcutta and the entire Eden gardens was emptied to continue the test match? If you blame Mumbai how do you define Kolkatta's incident. Whole India was unhappy, not just Kolkatta and we were all proud about Eden gardens reaction back then. It is no different to what Mumbai did. The only difference being it is against another Indian. As far as I know, rule is rule for all. It is not all about technically doing right. We are humans and we should not go by pure rules. Batsmen don't run for over throws when the throws hits them and goes.

  • Harmony111 on April 28, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @Shreyas Arur: When did that K D Jadhav run-out incident happen? Pls mention the over and ball no.

  • on April 28, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    I hope in all this " India Talk", Virat hasn't forgotten that RCB have still not qualified for the qualifiers. He has virtually disowned RCB here, which isn't such a good thing to do :).

    P.S - IPL is good fun, lets see where it goes. Can we have a Bangalore VS Australia match where Gayle plays for Bangalore?. The possibilities do seem endless, if one thinks of it :) :) :).

    P.P.S - Virat; WE LOVE YOU. You are a champion.

  • nareshgb1 on April 28, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    This kid needs to grow up. Simple. I hope that happens before they make him India captain. Else we need someone else.

  • on April 28, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Boring IPL.We are starving for good international cricket.

  • maddy20 on April 28, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Mumbai Crowd just makes me sad. Booing a fellow Indian player is just outrageous. He even called Rayudu back only to be informed by the umpire that he can't do that. There was no fault of his and yet the crowd got so worked up. And what big heart was Sunny G talking about? After all one cannot expect much honesty from a man who scored 30-odd of 250+ balls(in a worldcup no less) and defended it many times in the past!

  • chatas on April 28, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Virat Kohli did nothing wrong. Rayudu was called out by the umpire. Every one knows that Mumbai crowd is the most partisan crowd in all of India. Why blame Virat - he is the first Indian player with guts.

  • Rick777 on April 28, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    This is not games between countries. IPL is franchise cricket which is all about money. Fans are a must. So Kholi better not point out faults to fans. You might loose support from them when you play for India too. Being aggresive is good. But Kholi seems to be showing an attitude of a spoilt brat.

  • Tru_Cricket_Fan on April 28, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Interesting comments from Kohli, but then he also forgot that Gautam plays for India and was in the WC winning squad with him.Yet he exchanged words with him. During the Chennai match, he nicked the ball and yet stood his ground. Heck, he even took a run when AB didn't want to because AB had knocked the bowler. Kohli has the talent but lacks the spirit of Cricket and gamesmanship. He needs to be spotless like Dhoni or Dravid and then he can criticize the crowd to his hearts content. It was funny that he said one match was lost due to 2 inches (Chennai, the RP no ball) what about the slight nick you got Mr.Kohli.

  • kwaish on April 28, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Kohli saab - You need to become more mature.. This is a game.. Two teams are playing.. Some people will support Team A and others will support Team B. That is good for the sport.. If they clap for RCB and for MI, then it should be called an exhibition game.... Crowd getting into the game and booing and encouraging a team is what makes this game grow.. So just enjoy the crowd involvement. They did not hit you, they just booed you. Don't cry like a baby.

  • mechky2009 on April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @sri1ram seriously dude? you mean to say only CSK and RCB fans know about cricket and cities like Mumbai and Kolkata are fillers? and please dont call yourself a "Bombayite" because you are not one! and certainly you dont know what mumbai is all about... I dont understand if the crowd booed kohli whats the big deal? they boo many players...thats their way of showing passion for the game..what happened on the field was according to rules but somewhat on the thin side of being unlucky and thats why crowd was booing..so what? Kohli is a sportsman..he should know that and be able to understand the crowd..He is immature, nothing else!

    and my dear friend, you should start reading blogs and player interviews..mumbai is one of the best venues in the world..i dont say that...players say that!

  • KHAGESH_D on April 28, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    kohli does not deserve to say that its strange to see them booing an indian player-he argued with another hot headed indian player !! and there have been many aggressive players but even they did not dare disrespect the crowd ever-not even pointing or mcgrath. and mumbai crowd never boos just because you are an opponent,they boo you when you hurt your own team or the sport. kohli,it doesn't matter to you,but you lost the last smidgen of respect i had for you.i would rather respect rohit 'talented' sharma than you. and about chennai and bangalore crowd, do they support or cheer the opponents victories as wankhede ever has. please shut up, man up and dont try to hide your unsporting gesture, not entirely only towards rayadu but mainly towards the crowd, by blaming the crowd.

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    The correct thing to have done, in my view, was to call the batsman back. If it's neither batsman or bowler's fault, then why should the batsman pay for it with his wicket? It is highly unfair on Rayudu to say the least. Sure, Kohli stuck to the laws of the game, but the same can be said of players who run batsmen out who are backing up. Even in such situations, the players following the rules are often criticised or booed. In my mind, Kohli has yet impress us fans with any sort of maturity. He is brash and aggressive and in this instance put his winning desire ahead of sportsmanship. Just imagine the good press he'd have gotten from asking Rayudu to stay back. Opportunity missed.

    So the Mumbai crowd is a demanding one. Is it too much to demand high quality sportsmanship from the man touted as our future captain? To put it in one sentence, it's the umpire's job to follow the laws of the game but the captain's job to show sportsmanship.

  • rishabh_unplugged on April 28, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Firstly, we pay our money to support our team and Mumbai couldn't care less about what Virat Kohli thinks. Besides, it was technically out but not fair and the Mumbai crowd picked up on that. So apparently the Mumbai crowd has got a better understanding of the game than Virat Kohli. Also, if Bangalore is treating both the teams equally, then unfortunately Bangalore has just not caught up with the concept of club cricket as quickly as Mumbai.

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Kohli is a good player coming og age ..what he should remember is that Indian crowd watches cricket with high emotions they cheer somedays and boos on another ....they easily make one a hero and forgets the heroics more sooner... Kohli should not take the crowd reaction too seriously as some day when he run outs a batsman in non Indian colors the same Mumbai crowd will go nuts for him...Chill Mr.Kohli and try to win it for India and ur team in IPL..

  • Harmony111 on April 28, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Nothing's wrong in Kohli's appeal to remove Rayudu. Some people do not understand that as a competitor one does not see if it is a domestic match or an Intl match. In fact, domestic matches should be used as crucibles to toughen up players so that they are ready for the abuse and are more aware of the situation in bigger matches. Did one see how Wade with a handful of matches under his belt was seen as abusing Rohit in the CB Series after a rejected run out appeal? Rohit had no answers to him. Some would say that one should keep quiet but those days are gone. Now are the times to give it doubly back. We have seen how Sachin was given out vs Pak in Kolkata 99, what happened there? We saw how Lee got Sachin run out in the CB Series, dint we? We saw how D Hussey got away with Obstructing The Field.

    It is high time we Indians learnt to play the game as per the rules - and learnt to stretch the rules as much as permitted.

  • Sham03 on April 28, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kohli, probably you should be reminded that you represent India, for you were the one who was involved in a brash 10 days back with Gautam Gambhir, another player who represents India. It is justified that life goes full circle. What goes through.... comes back. KARMA

  • sri1ram on April 28, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Hmmm, I was a Bombayite myself for 24 years of my life. I can safely and confidently say that the average 'Mumbaikar' is more parochial, immature and less knowledgeable of cricket compared to some other states like Chennai or Bangalore - that is the way it is, if one wants blunt honesty. The perfect example was given by Jeeva. MI loses to CSK in 2010 IPL final in Wankade and only 20% of the stadium stays for the post-match presentation! even accounting for those wanting to beat the return traffic. Nobody wants to see the CSK captain lifting the trophy.

    CSK loses to KKR in IPL2012 final in Chennai and almost 90% of the audience was there to see the Post-presentation and they started cheering both the teams and they cheered the home team and also the KKR team. That is maturity.

    I can well imagine the Eden garden fiasco of Lanka vs India WC in 1996 being repeated in Wankhade. Any honest "Mumbaikar" would agree with me on this. But can I imagine seeing that in Chennai or B'lore? NOPE

  • on April 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Mumbai Audience are over enthusiastic. They donno how to take the game. ...........When Gayle was out, the way Bhajji danced is like he is mocking/making fun of Gayle..........The audiences are like players.........Kohli is not just a player........He is a match winner too....There can be love towards home team, but there should not be hatred towards other teams. It creates a space between the players when they all get ready to represent Team India. Team India is not just Sachin. There are more other players who played for team and still playing. you cannot compare Kohli with Sachin and at the same time you can't call him a cheat or yell/boo at him......Common Mumbaikars After all its a game. First learn how to take the game and then come to stadium to support.......

  • on April 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Its not a matter of big heart and small heart.......according to rules and umpires rayudu was out......booing from Mumbai crowd just says they have lot to learn from other crowds..... there is more to cricket than winning ....especially in India it brings people together.........

  • Ramseer on April 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, you can be one of the finest batsmen of your generation, you've got the ability and -please focus on that. We Indians booed and shed our hatreds towards Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly and Dhoni even after all the heroics they did for our Country. So please do not let these effect you r performance and continue to do so….. we will cheer for you as ever…….

  • Bowlersbackdrive on April 28, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Kohli picturesque the world like the world in bollywood commercials as he is a bit too much busy there. Move on...

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Kohli is among the top 20 batsmen in the world in terms of strokeplay if not technique. But he is still a long way from attaining cricketing maturity. Back in 2005, Sachin was booed by his own home crowd at wankhede after having hit a scrappy 20 ball 2. Compare that with the present scenario There are three differences 1. Sachin was booed for not playing well. Kohli was booed for his unsportsmanship 2. Sachin was jeered by his own home crowd.Kohli by neither his home crowd nor his Bangalore crowd 3. Sachin was a world wide legend by then having scored some 20000 international runs and 70 centuries. Kohli is just three years into his international career.

    So,who has a bigger case to criticize the crowd in return? Sachin isn't it?

    But did Sachin do that?..NO. end of story!!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Sachin was booed by this very Mumbai crowd, he never said anything about that... Whats big deal then Mr Kohli...

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    He should allow Raydu to bat..withdraw his appeal for run out...he should know what we done in England...Should not take the behaviour of the crowd to press...hope he will mature in later....

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Kohli's first name is VIRAT which means BIG but in practice he is small. He is rude up to unacceptable limit. No, he cannot be the successor of MSD. Kohli is favorite to Gavaskar only. Few months back, he spoke in favor of kohli and against MSD for his failure against England. Everybody knows how MSD is performing after Gavaskar's advice for the board. MSD should continue now to lead India in the next World Cup. One might presume about his failure in the WC, same is more obvious for kohli as well. Let kohli learn about manners in public before he takes over (if at all) as skipper of Indian Cricket team in the future.

  • K_Srini on April 28, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    I absolutely agree with truth_bearer. The crowd that can boo a player like Rahul Dravid is not worth discussing about & wasting your time. Kohli was right in his own way. These mumbaikars need to be taught the spirit of sportsmanship, wherein they support the sport first & then the Sachins & Bhajjis.

  • RMR11 on April 28, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I think Virat is wrong. He is not matured and Sachin is God Of Cricket

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I can just laugh at you, Mr. Kohli. Just because you play for India doesn't mean that you should be cheered in a IPL game played at Mumbai where you play as an opponent for the fans. See other sports for example. Is Lampard cheered at Old Trafford just because he plays for England too? Absolutely not. You have to understand that fans are enthusiastic for the team and sports they are supporting and its their right to do so unless it doesn't get violent. Why would a fan buy a ticket to go to Wankhede Stadium to watch Mumbai Indian game and also to cheer for you? Also, don't compare yourself to Sachin Tendulkar who is cheered everywhere. Sachin has made "personal" fans throughout India/world who would support him regardless of the team he plays. Do you think you have done that? I don't think so!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    kohli is wrong.. But Mumbai crowd too have to realize it as just a sport..if rayudu gets out then bhajji ll come and hits better than rayudu.. i think Mumbaikas wants to be a king of IPL as like it dominates in Ranji and in Bollywood too.. A perfect Example MI lost to CSK in 2010 IPL final in Wankade and at the post-match presentation only about 20% of audience was there and nobody wants to see the CSK captain lifting the trophy.. At the same time CSK lost to KKR in IPL2012 final in Chennai and almost 90% of the audience was there to see the Post-presentation and they started cheering both the teams and they cheered the home team and also the KKR team for showing their class... This spirit should be developed between the Mumbaikas..

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Kohli should have allowed Raydu to play. Its no reason he got booed, even I thought to do it in front of TV , even though he is my favorite player now after Sachin lol

  • mcs81 on April 28, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Both the parties are to be blamed here.. Kohli also needs to behave well. This was similar to the Sachin/ Shoaib Akthar incident in Kolkatta..intentionally or not, the batsman was blocked from making his crease and hence cannot be out, whatever the rule says. Kohli could have allowed Rayudu to bat. Mumbai crowd also needs to learn sportsmanship. They have a bad history of booing great players.. They have done it to Dravid, Sachin, Yuvraj etc..They need to learn from the Chennai crowd.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't know why he's making this a big issue,if you look at other league's like EPL we find fans much more aggresive.Mumbaikers had shown their big heart to their team that shows how their support for MI.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I know there is a long way to go for IPL to be compared to any domestic football tournament but the similarities are there. English players are booed by English fans just because they play for a rival team. Kohli, better get used to it because this is going to be a frequent part of IPL the way things are moving!

  • RMR11 on April 28, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I think Kohli is overreacting. Although, he is right in his place as this was umpires call and the bowler didn't do it intentionally. However, when it comes to sportmanship, Kohli should have called Rayudu. Crowd will obviously boo him for this, but he should have kept his kool. His confrontation with Gambhi is also well known. Going further he is supposed to be the India's Captain, so he should stop being kiddish and start deveoping the qualities that a true Captain should have. He should lean something from MSD. If he continue with such behaviour, I am afraid, he will ever be able to Captain Indian team.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    It's pretty sad for Virat Kohli to whine about a domestic crowd. As a professional athlete, especially one playing at an international level, one of the first things you must learn is to clear the crowd out of your head. Here Kohli is so affected by a domestic crowd that he has to come out to the press and whine about it - how will he handle hostile crowds? Does he think complaining about the Mumbai crowd will suddenly make them cheer him next time? This kid needs to mature and think clearly if he is to be India's next captain.

  • jacksathish on April 28, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    If MSD hits the ball in any ground with yellow cap people will cheer that. Thats for his moral behaviour. If kholi shows his reaction in this way in future he couldn't lead the indian team as successive as MSD. He should realize it and change his behaviour. Good luck for the future indian skipper :)

  • Yashodar on April 28, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I think every man has his own right to defend his dignity in public. The people should not test his temperament, instead cheer him as our own sportsman. He is aggressive, that is his character he has shown even in his batting the aggressiveness. How can one take his contribution towards Indian cricket and throw him out like rubbish. Take both his character and his crickete as same.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Instead of talking about the crowds, Kohli needs to learn sportsmanship. Regarding Rayudu's Run Out, there was no need to talk about the rules. As a captain he could have allowed the batsman to continue. That incident has changed the crowd's perception to be booed. It's just IPL and not international cricket. He could have behaved like a gentleman which he is miles behind.

  • AVSSUB on April 28, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Am I missing something here !! I thought the whole funda of City based IPL teams is that the 'home team' gets unstinted support of that city. If the home crowd is sporting, that is a plus/ a blessing for visiting teams; but the concept is not to count on such blessings or expect them or treat them as a 'given'. So, Kohli / others who share the idea that crowds in IPL should be 'sporting' - are not understanding the IPL concept they are participating in.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    These days the payers, particularly the bowlers, show their vent after taking a wicket. Well, such agression is tarnishing the gentleman's image of the game. In fact BCCI / IPL should ban such players for a couple of matches to put them straight. The comical features from the likes of Gayle, Bravo, etc adds feast for the crowd.

  • Mahi.Gahi on April 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir should learn how to behave in the ground from Dhoni and Dravid. They should not let their frustrations out on their own players. This is IPL and its a intra India tournament. People in Mumbai feel that Mumbai is the king in Domestic arena. Plus there is an influence of bollywood people there. The match was entirely one sided. RCB is completely dependent on Gayle. If Gayle is out, then consider that half the battle is on. I think RCB will choke again in the play offs. This time CSK are going to do it again. The only team that can give them the fight is Mumbai Indians. Its going to be CSK vs Mumbai Indians in the final.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Virat Kohli is likely to lead India and playing under cool-Dhoni, he should mature soon enough taking the proper stance from the present skipper. He should have avoided the spat with Gambhir after he got out. Afterall he has to maintain the proper decorum in leading the side. Crowd-booing is part of the game. Kolkata-crowd is rich with the knowledge of the game. So when Sashtri and Gavaskar (?) were booed during a game at the Gardens must be having its reason.Is it correct ? The show must go on.

  • Sankar_Ravula on April 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Hyderabad is the best crowd... till now no single incident of match interruption or booing at any player... true cricket lovers...

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Kohli is being a baby, its normal to cheer for the home team and boo the opposition... this is not an issue of Mumbai!! In Hyderabad Yuvraj was booed by a kid in the crowd and Yuvraj got into a fit too! He actually walked towards the stands and screamed at the kid after he got dismissed (took off his pads and went in the crowd) Its passionate supporters that make this game as popular as it is... and the spectators definitely appreciate good cricket.. What Kohli did was "legal" but was not even close to being fair... He was an "Indian" player so why wouldn't he just be fair and withdraw the appeal? They deserved the thrashing they got that day!

  • truth_bearer on April 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Mumbiakars are hardly the role model for a crowd. They jeered Rahul Dravid when he played for RCB, remember ? Boo Rahul ? Only place in the world that can boo Dravid.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Also Bangalore crowd is as partisan as the others. i have personally seen that there was complete silence when VVS Laxman scored his 300th run in a Ranji trophy match. The silence when opposition scores a win is to be seen.

    All venues are the same as far as support is concerned. IPL has achieved the impossible, a sight when there are loud cheers when Sachin gets out. Something unimaginable in India except when there is an IPL match on.

  • BenQueen on April 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    It is called Home Field Advantage. When you are in the US next time, just attend an American Football game or a Baseball game. The whole idea is to use the home crowd to get into the heads of the opposition. Looks like it is working on Kohli. Don't take it personally, all of India is your home crowd when you play there. You cannot let it get to you. Men separate themselves from boys like Kohli when they play "away" games - at the opposition home field. Anyway, this is just IPL. Does anyone really care?

  • johnathonjosephs on April 28, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Mumbai was cheering Gayle and they cheer good opposition when they see it. I hate to admit it, but not too many people like Kohli and he is the only person who complains and brings drama. Kohli has many problems with audience/crowd and I recall him having difficulties with the crowd in Australia. There is even a clip on youtube where he is a abusing fans after the IPL. The point is : Kohli is not a very liked person. Kohli needs to put on his big boy pants and open his eyes. They won't be playing at home for a long time now.

  • ragv on April 28, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    India should think of another Captain, not Kohli. The future captain should contain all the qualities of MSD.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Mumbai crowd was wrong, but then this is the same venue which has booed Gavaskar and Sachin earlier. However, they seem justified based only on the run out issue. However, Kohli is the last person who should speak on behaviors, His own has been appalliing. Heat of the moment behavior is not acceptable. If you cannot behave in a public forum, then you have no right to be a public figure. Whatever talent Mc Enroe had, people still remember him for his tantrums not for his game. Grow up Mr Kohli.

  • Prats6 on April 28, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    It was shameful behavior on the part of the crowd really to keep jeering Kohli. As much I dont like Kohli's behavior, this was utterly ridiculous. I stay in Bangalore and even we do go overboard sometimes but I dont remember calling an Indian player cheater. This was bad and cannot be justified. You need to come to Bangy to understand how much the crowd appreciated Indian players. In my opinion Chennai is the best crowd.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    How can Kohli say like that after having created own controversies in a few nights ago with Gambhir. I guess, he was completely out of his mind while making such comments like that people are hating him at that particular venue. It's not really a real sportsmanship in the game of cricket or any other game.

  • Rushikey on April 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    If Kohli seriously think, Opposite team crowd should cheer him in the ipl as a indian player then he should stop playing IPL games and only play for India. without the passionate fan following for regional ipl team, how can ipl survive? also why Kohli had fight with Gambhir in the ipl, that time Did he forget, Gambhir is his team mate in a Indian squad?

  • shripadk on April 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Kohli has long way to go as far as personal development is concerned. It worries me to be honest as he is seen as future India captain. It is not bad thing to be expressive or aggressive, but when you are leading a team, you need to be more mature. On good days, it is all good, but like everything in life, there are always bad days and difficulties in the life of captain. All we see is Kohli throwing tantrums, getting over excited, frustrated and showing it visibly on the pitch. These are not the qualities you want in someone who is seens as a future captain. It might be correct in book of law but take a hint from your Indian captain Kohli and show some spirit of game next time. Mumbai crowd has seen unfortunate wickets in past they did not boo the other team. They booed because of how this happened and one could see how Kohli reacted when it happened live as well as on big screen. And I better not say it here but one could also make out what he said to one of his teammate.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    It would have better had Kohli withdrawn the appeal... Just as a nice gesture. It doesn't have to be called as spirit of cricket. But given the match situation Kohli wouldn't have wanted to withdraw the appeal. But then you have to accept such behavior from the crowd and don't react to it.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    In my view Chennai is most sporting venue. I do not think Bangalore do cheering for both sides, they will cheer mostly the home side. What ever Mumbai Audience behavior in the ground was not right.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and follow IPL casually however I found Kohli's comments very funny as it was few days ago when he himself forgot the life beyond IPL and had a go at Gautam Gambhir ... I was thinking then that these two folks play for Team India and have been deputy to Dhoni on occasions so are expected to be exchanging smiles and jokes in all situations instead of behaving like this ... Look at Steyn/ABD or Hussey brothers e.g. ... When you dont remember life beyond IPL yourself, why complaining when others are doing same ...

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Virat, this is IPL, not gully cricket. Granted, the crowd may have engaged in some boorish behaviour, but the spectators have a right to be passionate about their home team and to boo the opposition team. Unless the insults get personal, you don't have to get very emotional about the crowd booing you. The next time you come to Wankhede representing the Indian team, they will take you in their bosom and jeer the opposition team which runs you out. Such is their passion, from what I can see. You are a wonderfully talented cricketer, so don't let all these minor issues get into your head. Just go out there and do what you do best, scoring runs.

  • Prateek_Dassani on April 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Dear Mr Kohli, If the IPL teams are not that important, then why were you involved with your very own senior in spat! Then if you say Mumbai is all about hatred, man you do not realise what every person in Mumbai goes through, we are passionate and what you do is passionate then we seriously ought to replace the word 'childish' with passionate!

    We Mumbaikas are fan of Mumbai, India and sportsmanship! You loose sportsmanship this is what happens!

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    I clearly saw that Mumbai Crowd was cheering Gayle and enjoying it. What about that? I think; Kohli is unnecessarily widening the scope of this controversy by differentiating the crowd in the name of city. Let crowd do what they want; just ignore them. But as a cricket icon; Kohli - please don't spread hatred (by saying this crowd is good and this is bad) the way crowd has done. Let's be a sport here; crowd and Kohli - both.

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Did not expect that from Kohli, where was his sportsmanshi? While every captain's motive would be to win, not at the cost of being unfair. A rightful captain would have called Rayudu back and not jump in joy for getting him out in that manner. Least expected from Kohli! He deserves the booing, whatever the Mumbai crowd had to do to him!

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Outrageous and unacceptable behaviour by the crowd in Mumbai amd Kholi is absolutely correct. We have booed West Indies captains here in various territories but never with such venom.

    Shame, shame, shame on Mumbai.

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Kohli was right and Mumbai crowd was wrong..but then its a part and parcel of the game and not much should be made out of it..!!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    It indeed is true with the Mumbai crowd. In fact, I remember that even the great Kapil Dev was once jeered. Too bad. Virat Kohli is no saint but there is a element of truth in what he has said. And yes, he is right the Bangalore crowd and Chennai crowd are the BEST when it comes to respecting the opposition.

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Indeed, His Highness Mr. Kohli, comes to Mumbai, does not call back Rayudu, a popular member of the team supported by the majority in the stadium and Mumbai crowd are supposed to cheer him, high expectations! In "life beyond IPL", in serious international cricket his national team captain Dhoni calls back Ian Bell even if legally out. If HH Kohli does understand that IPL is not end of world, HE could start showing it on IPL field. Or HE should also educate Dhoni not to call back legally out opponent. We must thank HH Kohli, at least he did not show any finger as at Sydney.

  • santhoo24 on April 28, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    my immediate thought after the incident: Kohli is still a kid. He might become one of the all time great captains once he matures, but there is a long way to go. As many observed, this IPL says a lot about MSD and the rest of aspiring Indian captains. MSD accepts a loss like a man (most of the time), and embraces every situation thrown at him. Kohli and co need to mature to do so.

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    In life u win some, u lose some. Sometimes u are treated like God by spectators and sometimes u are booed. U got to take the rough with the smooth. Virat Kohli has to grow up, he only has to look up to Sachin to develop a sense of equanimity.

  • reymysterio7 on April 28, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    For all those who are suggesting that Kohli should have called back Rayudu in the name of sportsman spirit as it was an unfortunate dismissal, will you also want to call back a batsman who has been unfortunately run out at the non strikers end due the ball touching finger of the bowler from a batsman's drive on the way to the stumps?

    Yes we all know Kohli goes over the top, shouting at his bowlers and fielders during the match, but this is pure biased revolt against him. This was clearly out because Rayudu had not even grounded the bat initally, he had backed up too much and was run out, similar to non-striker getting run out due to ball touching bowler on the way to the stumps.

    It is unfortunate but not against the spirit of the game, in fact it is part and parcel of the game. Its high time we have a independent look at each situation instead of having a biased opinion against Kohli all the time. He will learn if given some time.

    The crowd should be ashamed of themselves. Period.

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Come on guys. Lets forget theories and the blame game. Just observe facts. We all have TV sets and eyes and ears. Since IPL's inception, Mumbai crowds have booed opposing players whether they win or lose in ALL matches. See recordings and you'll know. This has been commented on repeatedly by playing cricketers except parochial people like Sunil Gavaskar. Pl do not get biased by your dislike for Kohli's so-called aggression. This is about ALL opposing captains

  • sunilbanare on April 28, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Wierd from Kohli that he had a go at Mumbai crowd after he got a well deserved boo. Justification, he states the crowd forgot he plays for India as well. Did he forget that when he picked up a fight with Gambhir. :) Now I feel Dhoni should continue for eternity for India!

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    the same incident took place in eden garden and the whole crowd reacted in different way ,all supported that incident as the opposition was pakistan so why not support for raydu

  • nayonika on April 28, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    In IPL every ground is partisan to a certain extent in favour of the home team and its' players irrespective of who it is. Only Tendulkar gets a big ovation in all grounds.The Mumbai crowd was not like this in previous years. Yet Virat's vituperations are uncalled for. It will alienate him further from the Mumbai public. This immature utterance also shows he is far far removed from captaincy qualities.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Some one mentioned that if virat kohli called ambati rayudu back into the crease .there by displaying sportsmanship... he would have been cheered by the crowds... My dear brother... That's a very unfortunatething for a player of rayudu's stature.That does not mean he should be given another chance as a sign of fair "sportsmanship". Even then... if RCB looses the match... obviously MI fans will be happy and start booing.. . That is an involuntaray action.... Save the speeches and look into reality... Every one can't be sachin,dravid, and dhoni... then they will remain as imposters... Kohli is a very aggressive player who has a big time anger issues.. I agree with that. That's just on field due to the adrenaline rush.. he is just 23 years old and don't expect much more maturity from a player of his age and mentality at an earlier stage....

  • NareshPodi on April 28, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Well, The best player I have ever seen is Kohli only. The peoples mentality always looks at the line number 2(Second part of the argument), but the first part of the argument is that "If Gambir didn't say anything, then Kohli also will not say anything."(Have a look at the replay again, to see who has started. As a senior player, Gambir should have controlled himself. But you all say, Kohli is wrong. Definitely, booing is not a fair thing at all. The comments from the above seems one sided. Even you never take this kind of booing easily, I am sure.

    "Do not link this IPL with international matches, please. We need the players like Kohli and Gambir". Kohli is very dedicated and plays with passion. He has played cricket, on the day of his father's death also.

  • timohyj on April 28, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Kohli is right. How can indian fans do that? In Bangalore all the players are cheered. When RR was playing in Bangalore every boundary Dravid hit was cheered by the crowd

  • PT03 on April 28, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Chinnaswamy supports every player! What a joke! kohli has forgotten (or may be pretending to forgot) about what happened to gambhir at Chinnaswamy. Wankhede along with Eden and Chepauk have provided finest moments in the history of Indian cricket, they have fantastic crowd and environment. Even yesterday they were cheering gayle & abd. They also cheer dhoni, sehwag etc whenever they come to play at Mumbai. They had their own genuine reason for booing yesterday.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Pretty sure my knowledge of cricket is not as "vast" as Kohli's but isn't it possible that out of fairplay he could've at least referred it to the umpire and told him that the run out may have been caused by accident and not the batsman's fault? Obviously the batsman still may have been given out, but it would've shown a sense of fair play that Kohli has yet to show. So far he's shown that he wants to win at all costs, fair play be damned if need be.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    This is not the first time... i don't remember exactly in which season it happened but yuvraj singh also came across such hostile situation while playing in mumbai against MI and he even raised that issue during the presentation ceremony.The same is applicable to some of the chennai fans... guess we should understand that some of the mumbai and chennai fans are so passionate about their teams such that they are forgetting that some of the players in the opposition teams are playing for "INDIA"

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    kohili has some rowing up to do . this shows that the IPL as a system is working . This is what happenns when there is true pro sports

  • SL_rockz on April 28, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Good and success players do not always become great leaders.Getting your own success over your head neither do good for Mr.Kohli.Learn from your captain Dhoni.I see rohit and Pujara are more eligible players to captaincy.They have that captaincy personality and temperament with them unlike kohli.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    RCB supports every team which comes to Bangalore, But what happened in Mumbai is really a bad thing. Cant blame the players.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    kohli should have called the batsmen coz it was unfortunate to get run out like that. that's what u call being a gentlemen. How can the batsmen be that much aware while he is running that the bowler will back paddle like that. if so batsmen have to run in to the far corner (zigzag) which will makes him out of the crease when the ball hits the stump. I would like to see kohli as the victim of that unfortunate runout how would he react !!??!! Neither Kohli nor Rohit can be a good captain. both of them doesn't have the tempo to guide through the tense situation. India should thank dhoni for keeping the team together.

  • on April 28, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I donno why people are comparing kohli's words on the crowds with his actions..in sports, in the heat of the moment, people do get worked up at the opposition..and that too for aggressive characters like him and Gambhir..they were fine after the match when shaking hands..but this crowd booed him even at the post match presentation which shows clear lack of so-called 'sporting' behavior..not everyone can be like a sehwag, dhoni or a raina hugging and joking with the oppostion..the aggressive australian attitude got famous because they were like kohli..just because we are not used to such aggressive characters, dont start finding fault in him..he gives his 100% on the field and when the results dont show up he does get frustrated..its better than smiling at it like RP Singh or Munaf Patel do..

  • Sameer-hbk on April 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with people. Seems like Virat kohli cannot take a bit of booing. He has great timing with bat in his hand and talks a good game. But his attitude seems pretty poor. You see him often hitting his helmet with the bat, almost teary-eyed in the dugout when he gets out. His reply to 4-0 loss in Australia is "let's see what happens when Aus come to Delhi"! Virat might get as many runs as a Dravid or even Tendulkar. But for now, he seems far away when it comes to being a 'good sport'. Reminds you of the whiny kid who runs to the teacher every single time there is something wrong. Get over it!!

  • yogi.s on April 28, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    While i definitely think the mumbai crowd was wrong to jeer him as it was ultimately not intentional on the bowler's part, i dont think kohli should have gone as far as suggesting the batsman should have been more aware of the situation to know where the bowler is backing up. If he had just left it at its an unfortunate way to get out he would have shown the necessary statesmanship, hopefully just like he does with his batting he learns from his mistakes.

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    i think virat kohli should know how to respect senior players.His behaviour with gautam gambhir created many disbelief among most of the RCb-KKr fans. and he should also keep this thing in his mind that he isnt or hasnt become the greatest player.Also,he should stop uttering slang or bitter words in the fiel;d.

  • push_10dolkar on April 28, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    The "I also play for India" comment doesn't make much sense to me. Don't RCB fans celebrate when Dhoni or Sehwag get out when playing against them. IPL is pure entertainment and cricketers are like gladiators, only difference is they get paid a lot more. And they are paid so much money because of the fans. So if the fans have a problem with something, they will voice it. If Kohli has a problem with that then he should also have a problem with the millions that he is earning because of the fans. On a different note, Bhajji mocking Gayle was in bad taste. He did something similar by mocking Afrid's celebratory pose during the WC 2011 semi-finals too, but then Afridi kind of deserves it as well, he is quite "in your face". Gayle on the other hand, for all his hard hitting comes across as non-confrontational and friendly.

  • Dale_Pain on April 28, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I cannot believe the crowd booed him - it is only T20 cricket! The competition is light-hearted and fun and people perhaps take it too seriously?

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    well, where was kohli's sportsmanship when he was arguing with gambhir. I suppose then he didn't realize that they both play for same team( even domestic). I agree that the bowler didn't obstruct the batsman intentionally but the batsman was not at fault either. Kohli should've called him back. Then the same mumbai crowd would've cheered him. So, i think it wud be better if he doesn't talk bout sportsmanship..

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Kohli is very arrogant at times, but I have always said that IPL will only make our teammates fight and we have already seen that, bhajji vs sreesanth, gambhir vs kohli.

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Virat Kohli, for all the talent, is a snub, Now if only Rohit Sharma could get this act together, he could turn out to be a "class-act, future captain".

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Kohli is far from a good sportsman! He loses his temper so quickly and has a feeling that he is now a superstar! Beware young man! Your attitude will pull you down in no time! Yuvraj Singh has the same amount of talent as Kohli, but has he carved a niche for himself among the legends of the game? Why? Due to his attitude...Kohli might be the next big thing in Indian cricket, but if he has the same kind of arrogance then he'll surely join the long list of 'should have been legends' cricketers that India has so often produced! Remember Dhoni called back Ian Bell in the 2011 England series at a time when India was going mad to get a breakthrough! He displayed sportsmanship without caring for blemishes in his win/loss record! Learn from him Mr.Kohli!!!! You cannot hope to be an Indian captain with a red hot temper! The space between the skull and neck needs to be clear and cool!

  • KingOwl on April 28, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Good to see the passion on all sides! That's always the case with cricket, and that's how it should be. In a week, everything will be forgotten by most people.

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I dont know why they so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the end of the world..... Kholi should tell this to him self.

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    The RCBvsMI Eencounter was a real thriller.Wayne Smith& Karthik had put the MI in a fairly good position when a series of unexpected run out staged giving advantage to the RCB towards the fat end of the game when just 2 more overs were left. However,Harbhajan Singh& Mitchel Johnson rose to the occasion & posted 24 more runs in the final overs making the tally a formidable 194.Harbhajan had sent the ball to the fence 3 times in the process though one ball just missed flying over the fence.

    Then staged the unusual debacle of the RCB.Their hitters Gayle,Kohli& DeVilliers failed to give advantage to the Mumbai team.finally they had to concede a defeat with high margin to Mumbai.this,however,is not going to affect the position of Points tally of RCB in this IPL. But a few words about Virat Kohli.there was a time when he was acclaimed to be the next captain of India.but his behavior in the field does not make him worthy of it.he was rude to Balaji also last time.Rohit better for India.!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Here, Mumbai Fans r on wrong footing of being unsporting! If they remember, it has happened exactly the same a with our own GODMAN 10'dulkar ag Pakistan, when after grounding the bat inside the crease on Bowling end, he was unknowingly pushed by the bowler who was trying to collect the throw and when the ball hit the wicket Godman's bat was in the air though he has made his ground. where as Rayudu couldn't ground his bat at all. Sorry! Mumbaikars- your behaviour is grossly unsporting!

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    "It is only creating hatred among the players. When I come back and play for India, they are going to cheer for me. It doesn't work that way" after seeing these words from Kohli I have one question, if he can fight with his team mate Gambhir when they are playing for two different teams, then what is wrong with the response of the spectators?

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    In a nation wide domestic league, we need to forget the national team. To make that league a success. I cheer when RCB picks up a Sachin, Gambhir, Viru, MSD etc. As this is a domestic league and they are not part of RCB. But, to call Virat a 'cheat' is unpalatable. But Virat, you too should understand fan sentiments. They may be wrong at times. But they are fans of the sport and IPL (in this case). Do not forget the empty seats on weekday matches, this IPL.

  • I_Perfectionist on April 28, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    I remember once Yuvraj Singh was also complaining about the Mumbai crowd in the past. We should learn how to respect all the sportsmen, not just Indians.

  • aag23 on April 28, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Who said that in BANGALORE the audience respect everyone ? Why was Gambhir booed then ?

  • ab007abhi on April 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    i think kohli did nothing wrong, its his character who puts every thing behind except his team, he was playing for rcb so he'll just think about rcb, even in any international match if such kind of thing happens kohli would think of india first.., its his character who thinks only about his team. the people of india must understand that kohli is no different from most of the cricketers inn the world, we all have to accept that kohli is not like sachin, dravid, gilchrist and dhoni kind of player who put sportsmanship ahead of everything, n if kohli isn't like them then its not a flaw in his character. for once just count the players yourself who goes for sportsmanship instead of their team, i bet you all won't find more than 20-30, just look at the percentage guyzz, more than 99% cricketers are like kohli, so kohli is no different, n one more thing specially for all mumbai indian fans, don't u remember who ricky ponting is, because i remember what he did with "DADA"...,

  • realfan on April 28, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    of all the indian fans i can asuume many coments are coming from CHENNAI and MUMBAI, 1 because there is lot of chance that this year RCB may win the IPL and DHONI many loose, 2 because KOHLI is making sachin looks like a old man in cricket, he is though, but fans dont agree you see......

    except these two team fans , there is sportiness in every match...... remember how were the crowd of pune were behaving when their team were being humiliated by gayle....

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Kholi... please get matured... You and player like Gambhir need to understand how to take digest things in sportive way !!

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    there is nothin to cry about this, very normal in club soccer.

  • poetryinmotion on April 28, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Kohli is right in calling out the Bombay crowd. In my personal experience their behaviour has been pretty appalling, only the Calcutta crowd is worse. Give me the knowledgeable cricket crowds of Bangalore or Chennai any day. Good on you kohli for pointing out that at the end of the day you represent the nation! Hopefully people will become more mature in this country...

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Law of Run Outs was changed, If you ground your Bat Behind the line, youvcannot be Run Out anymore as you have made your ground, For this exact Instance. As we all Remember that Batsmen where being run out, after Crossing the line bt their feet and Bat were not touching the ground. What I cant understand how come no Umpire or Player on the Ground knows this? or does IPL have own Backyard Cricket Laws?

  • SRISESH on April 28, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    What could have been done here is Virat should have called back Rayudu which would have made every Indian proud.

    Regards Sriram Seshadri

  • realfan on April 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    i am with kohli this time..... what he said is right.... most of the indian cricket fans don't follow CRICKET, instead they blindly follow players ..... there was nothing wrong in the run out, or nor did kohli do any wrong for the sportsmanship.... what kohli said was 100% true when it comes to cricketing knowledge among indian cricket fans..... being indian myself i agree with that...... and regarding crowd its just unfaithful for kohli..... i think they just hate him... because he is becoming success and THEIR fav sachin is in his near end.... this is not the first time with kohli and audience, remember last indian test against aus, crowd wanted kohli to get out so that they can see THE MASTER to score finishing runs, but unfortunately sachin got out cheaply after that.....

    and regarding kohli gambir incident, for me its gambirs provocation instead of kohli.....

  • Knightriders_suck on April 28, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    He should learn from Dhoni in England. Ian Bell was out by rules of cricket, but Dhoni took back the appeal because it was infact against the spirit. In that specific case Bell was being just stupid and was let off. I have seen other instances where people have taken back appeals after collisions. After you do such things, what are you expecting home crowd to do? Shower you with flowers. You got the boos because you deserved them and better get your behavior right or you will get them playing in India shirt as well. This Mumbai crowd has not spared the 'god' do you think they will spare you?

  • jasonpete on April 28, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    The crowds went little overboard.They did this in many previous occasion as well with the players like Yuvraj and symonds.They can boo to certain extent but calling someone cheater is not acceptable.Kohli is young talented batsmen for india who is going to captain this Indian team after MSD and he got a very good aggression and attitude ,but he needs to control his anger in certain times ,especially he should avoid the crowd antics .He got caught up here in Australia as well with few fans.He will learn to controlhimself,give him more time.Regarding Gambhir kohli spat, I thought Gambhir said few words ( while crossing over)when kohli departed and that irked kohli to say few more words.But Mumbai fans should treat their own Indian players with respect and this is bit out of control.

  • lebigfella on April 28, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I saw the game and I'm not going to read other comments. What I saw was a great all round performance by Mumbai and it shocked & knocked the stuffing & swagger out of the ever so slightly arrogant RCB. I follow both teams and RCB didn't have a real plan... the beauty of this game was it highlighted how important tactics are in T20. Sorry Virat, as much as I admire you and your team the 'having a go at the crowd' excuse sounds a touch of sour grapes.

  • push_10dolkar on April 28, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    These are signals for BCCI / selectors that they need to groom someone else (probably Pujara) for the Indian captaincy post Dhoni. With Kohli as captain chances are that cricket matches turn into a BIG BOSS show or WWE fights.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Rayudu's run out was 100 percent correct. First of all it was not intentional and second he was running on the pitch which is 100 percent wrong from a batsman and hence there is nothing wrong in that out.

  • Madhavan.Varun on April 28, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    A very similar incident occured in an NZ vs Zimbabwe when former RCB captain, Daniel Vettori, accidentally came into the path of the runner that became the main reason for a run out... A sporting Vettori, allowed for the batsman to stay despite him having every right to have claimed for a run out there. Had this very incident happened at an MI vs RCB match in Mumbai, I am more than sure Mumbai fans would have lauded Vettori for his sporting behaviour, despite him representing a foreign country and a rival IPL team.

    Yes Kohli didn't technically break any rules and the umpire was left with no choice but to go by the rule book, but then again, neither did the Australians technically break any rules with their underarm ball... And yet history thinks of it as otherwise...

    Bottom line: It doesn't matter whether Kohli was Indian or not. What he did was completely unsporting and that is why MI fans booed. It didn't and shouldn't matter if he was representing India or Pakistan

  • pravek666 on April 28, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    OMG... i can feel IPL taking cricket towards the WWF way!!... even the telecast looked like you're watching WWF of the 1990's... Gayle was acting like The Rock (bottomed in the end though) and the commentators played JR and King very convincingly... and now this- taking it to the fans!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    i personally feel kohli himself should behave properly and should not get so excited in the field as u all will agree with me that many a times virat kohli has misbehaved in the field when some one(his own indian team mate) gets out, i dont say one should not feel happy but it should be with in a limit as it should not hurt the other persons feeling as u are being watched by millions of public through media...so i sincerely request virat to stay cool as our captain cool...

  • anand_ on April 28, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @binu.emiliya U forgot to mention R.Ashwin probably the most well behaved in the current lot and the only one who seems to be mature enough even when he speaks in the media or post match interviews.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    It is extremely disappointing to hear Virat use the words 'hatred' and get so wired up about the crowd booing him. As someone said, Hansie Cronje won the crowds hearts over with a magnanimous sporting gesture, so could have Virat. Rayudu's dismissal was not so critical for the game for him to think twice. The reality is that he is a highly competitive, aggressive cricketer who should understand that if he is competitive, the Mumbai crowd has every right to boo an opposing team member as well. Lets make no mistake - IPL might seem fun but everyone wants to win. As for Mumbai crowd cheering for him when he plays for India, if you make comments like this Mr. Kohli, I highly doubt you will be cheered again in Mumbai. You are young and have talent, but be careful with your choice of words and learn from the Dravid's and Sachin's of the world. Mumbai will not tolerate brashness.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    No doubt you are very gud batsman but definitely not gr8 as Sachin & Dravid. theire behavior on field & off field made them what they are...We all know kohli will b future captain what example he is setting fr next generation.. when he abused in agression its fine but if crowd did that was bad..kohli should learn from cronje when during titan cup ganguly was run out cronje himself asked ganguly to carry on his inning..and this is ridiculus statement by kohli in which he differentiated mum n bangalore fan..i dont agree with him..he is still the same arrogant guy whom i met long time before..his arrogance can destroy his future..

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Kohli Can not digest the defeat...!!!! watch this

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    I was present yesterday at this match and 1 imp. things which not shown on TV not mentioned here is Virat Koli's confrontation with Keiron Pollard. Instantly watching after reply on screen Pollard goes to Kohli and could have asked him to revoke the appeal but kohli did not. Umpire Asad rauf was in between these 2 players all the time while confrontation and even though Pollard was calm Kohli was more animated and aggressive. Even though Kohli did not take appeal back the pollard pats on his shoulder to end the discussion. But as a captain Kohli has to do that first. Even though it was not intentional but runout was Kohli's mistake and he should take that booing from crowd instead of calling cowd unprofessional. Mumbai crowd loves cricket much and we even cheered for gayle and appreciated good catches and shots of RCB team. All the Mumbai crowd will always cheer for Kohli when he plays for India but it will be very unfortunate if he went on to become captain with this attitude...

  • push_10dolkar on April 28, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Gayle has single handedly taken RCB to the top of the League table, Kohli will single handedly take them to the bottom of the Fair Play Award table!!!

  • Rohit_06 on April 28, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    It seems that kohli has forgotten how the wankhede crowd loved him when we won the world cup there..... It is bcoz of your lack of spirit that ppl booed you.. The laws of the game are a general guidelines on how to play the game... Sumtimes the captain has to to show the spirit even if he is correct... Such things happen and it is the time for a captain to show his true character.... Thats why there is a provision wherby the capatain can take back his appeal.. The writers of the laws knew such things wud happen and thats why they made the provisions.... Also at the most rayadu wud have scored 20-30 runs more... With a batsmen like gayle..ab de viilers and himself tht wudnt have been difficult... Kohli lost a chance to show his sportmanship side and the spirit he is speaking about ....

  • aniruddha's 11 on April 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    kohli u r showing anger on mumbai's crowd but you didn't said anything when banglore crowd booed Gautam Gambhir at chinnaswami stadium in post match presentation.At that time gambhir didn't said anythig, so why r u crying?Grow up dude.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    People are saying that Virat is next captain of Team India... But the temperament should be of a captain... It is a game and it was very clear that Virat was forcing umpire again and again for run out appeal.... As a captain he should have checked on big screen and should have called Rayudu back... This is sportsmanship...

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I think 'ram4crictheory' made some exceptional points, a very balanced opinion. Kohli needs a lot of grooming & has to settle down. Yet it's not necessary for him to be like Sachin or Rahul for that matter. There is no set standard for someone to be perceived as a Legend. You can always hav your style in doing things. What is required is to adapt your behavior according to different cultures and be politically correct. It is obvious with his attitude, Kohli will not have as many admirers as Sachin, Lara, Dravid, Kallis, Laxman or Kumble. They're a different breed altogether. Kohli's psychological approach towards the game is different. He is vocal about anything that bothers him. There is nothing wrong with it, except the way one raise one's point has to be adjusted according to many factors. Dhoni is a great example who personifies this quality. This is the reason he is admired wherever he travels, even as an opponent. You can't change the world around you without changing yourself.

  • barneybee on April 28, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Virat Kohli has a propensity to attract trouble due to his often knee jerk reactions on the field.He needs to be treated for anger management . I doubt seriously if he has the ability to manage a national team. He may be better off concentrating on his batting as I don't think the national selectors have him in mind for a skipper's job. He should also be lectured on about good and graceful cricketing manners.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Kohli as impulsives as ever

  • stalefresh on April 28, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    i think Kohli needs to learn and respect that the spectators are demanding. Its a part of any sportsman's life. I don't get why is he so emotional about beeing boo'ed.

  • aries_d on April 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Kohli has nothing to do with Rayudu's run out, The umpire should have consulted the third umpire if they feel the batsman was intentionally stopped. I dont agree with Kohli saying Bangalore would not do this. There are only a couple of stadium in India where this would not have happened, definitely not Bangalore or Mumbai. I remember Bangalore crowd booing at Chennai Mgmt staff when they were shown on the screen for RCB v/s CSK match.

  • KapilsDevils1983 on April 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    It was an unsportsmanlike act. And thats excatly what the Mumbai crowd called it out as. Infact, kudos to them that despite being an India player they did not look the other way.

    And fine Mr. Kohli, you want to be unsportsmanlike and have your 'win-at-all-costs' attitude, then that is ok. But then, be willing to take the heat that comes with it and stop whining like a spoilt kid.

  • yorkslanka on April 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    what a foolish comment by Kohli, he is a sportsman and with that comes the fact that you will always be an opposition player to someone..Interesting that MSD doesnt get booed by anyone, even as a Sri Lankan,considering that he won the WC for you against us, i still dont/cant hate him as i see him as someone who plays the game hard but also in the RIGHT way..Kohli, stop crying like a girl and get back to what you do best on the cricket field...

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    it happens in EPL for so long...it was bound to happen in IPL...prob is Virat needs someone to explain to him how to deal with public in general, hes done the same when he was in England, Australia and now in India. Will team management appoint player manager to handle these issues because young players need guidance as it is showing that Kohli still doesnt have a clue how to deal with fans/public,

  • passionatecricbug on April 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    It's funny that if Kohli was captaining team India and if India were booed by people of some other country, these same people would have supported Kohli instead of writing these outrageously one-sided comments. Last night, it was painful to see Mumbai crowd booing RCB. The run out was unplanned and unfortunate.These unfortunate things happen. Just get over it.These criticisms will fill negativity in Kohli and he might loose his passion and enthusiasm for the game. We need an aggressive future team India captain with fighting spirit.

  • Vamsi Goramanipalli on April 28, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Mr Kohli.. When you had a fight with Gambhir, I too felt like "I don't know what is wrong with people like you. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don't come here to fight. I don't know why you get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world. You forget that the players with you are fighting also play for your country". I just made very minor changes to your comments and they fitted so aptly against you. Think of your behavior before pointing towards others. Pity on you.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    I love the Indian fan, we pay to watch the match, we make time to be there to cheer our heroes, we stand in long lines just to get a glimpse of our favorite stars and to say we don't have the right to get a little upset when we expect high standards from our nations best players....That's a bit harsh don't you think.

  • srinideva on April 28, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    How good was the feeling of beating the Mumbai in the final in front of the home ground...#CSK 2010 Champions..

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    look dont b judgemental about kohli's attitude, it is undrstandable dt he has temperament issues...but consider this as a stand alone situation and i guess he was correct and d crowd wrng, coz consider if the throw had not hit the stumps, nad ball had been to overthrow do u thnk rayudu wud nt hav fr dt extra run..hw would have..dn y judge others..it was a a small heat f d moment action..what the crowd was being was rude..

  • srinideva on April 28, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Oh i love his character...peoples need to understand that, he is human too..He has emotions..love that character...don`t need to booo... What is the wrong with the people in mumbai.. that run out won`t cost you match..it is not a key moment of the match...they should have shown some respect at the presentation ceremony... #CSK rocks...

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    So, this all started with a game, that is also rewarding players for 'FAIR PLAY'. And, what does Kohli talk about? Rules.. Well, a person, who would like to represent India (leave alone being the captain of India) needs to be extra-ordinary, both in sportsmanship and as an individual. Where were you on this Mr Kohli?

    Do you remember what G R Vishwanath did, when we played against England? He called Taylor back and we lost the game. But, GRV is GRV. Sport is not about winning or losing, it is also about character.

    So, you want to be captain of India Mr Kohli, you learn from GRV or from MSD. Board members are watching and they are not going to be amused at any time..

    So much for your tantrums..

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It is shameful to boo our own cricketer and its more shameful on his part to say "You should have that much cricket awareness to see where the bowler is coming back." and goes on to say " I don't know why they get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world." Its OK to take a chill-pill and be calm on the field. At the end of the day,its just a mass hysteria , so there is no need to take seriously when the crowd jeers or boos.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Crowd can cheer and jeer whoever they want as long as its not personal, racist etc. The fan pays his/her hard earned money for a ticket to the game, please dont ridicule them by telling them who/how to support. Kohli's whinging is pathetic for a professional sportsman.

  • Siva-CBE on April 28, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I feel it was wrong on the part of the third umpire to declare Raydu run out. He attempted a run, came back and grounded his bat inside the crease. In my opinion that was the end. Immediately after that when his bat was kicked by the bowler (not his fault though) and was in the air when Virat's throw hit the stumps. So at that point of time Raydu was not attempting a run and his bat was lifted in the air because of an act of the bowler. So where is the question of giving out? Any comments?

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 28, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    V Kohli is a bit hot headed. You don't need MS Dhoni to teach him some manners when you got Mr.Cool (Chris Gayle),Prasad,Murali and ABdV in your team to teach him some.

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    I think Kohli has been caught up wrong here. It is his attitude, which makes him feel hated at a particular place. He was booed at this location, but then why we dont see other opponents booed at. Being aggressive is one thing but the pictures will tell the story. Kohli is being said to be the next to fill the shoes of Dhoni...but is he taking any lessons from him. So is the case of Gambhir, who badly needed the captain ship of India,

  • WalkingWicket11 on April 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Remind me again who showed the middle finger to the crowd in Australia? Kohli talking about sporting spirit is indeed the end of the world.

  • anshumankha on April 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    I don't know what had happen to you.. u may be a good batsman having loaded with talent. but you need to learn a lot from Sachin n MSD.. Learn some Sportsman Spirit man!!.

  • theworldchamp on April 28, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Apart from the fact that IPL is a circus, this is the sort of thing I hate this "club culture" for where loyalty for club teams take over the loyalty towards the country teams over a period of time. For fans, this will slowly turn into a situation where a win of the club they support becomes more important than the win of their national team. Players will start taking more pride in winning for their club than playing for the nation not to mention the rift that it causes between the players of the national team (Bhajji-Sreesanth, Kohli-Gambhir). The national team will suffer eventually. Just look at the English Premier League and you will see what I mean. What a shame!

  • Deepakyyy on April 28, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    pleas ask sachin,rayudu!!!!, They walk back? without umpire decision,when nicked to keeper.Rightly said by Kohil,batsmen should have awareness,he was seeing fielder instead of running back to crease.MI coaches(i think,MI have more than 3) ,pls help rayudu...

  • sahbas_s on April 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I like the passion of Virat.Don't get him wrong everytime. He is what he is. He is giving everything possible to notch a win, whether he plays for India or ipl. He is not even leaving crowds this time. Crowds have the right to boo any player and so as Virat has got the right to respond them. Don't worry, he will learn from experience and just enjoy his electric performance with emotion..it's awsome for someone like indian to have this attitude. Game will not be good if everybody behaves like sachin,dravid,kumble,dhoni etc.,we need to have some specials like Viru,Gauti,Virat to add flavour over the game..

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Gayle scored 175* not out - how he scored? 1. Gayle strength. 2. the Energy and Support given by the RCB (home ground) fans.

    Kohli, Don't think too much. Go simply. Still you want to be matured(international) sportsman.

    Simply & free advice is watch & follow MSD, Proud captain of Indian Cricket.

  • Deepakyyy on April 28, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Haaa..Pune can never recover form gayle storm...How can they open there mouth...

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    A sportsman want spectators to have spirit when he can conveniently forget the sportsman spirit. There were, as per my memory, two incidents in international cricket when opposition captain (Hensie Cronje!) had called back batsman for some unfortunate run-out. Kohli could have won the crowd's hearts by showing sportsman spirit, but he chose to be selfish captain. Mumbai crowd always reflects itself. They have booed even Tendulkar. And if Chennaswamy is so well to Indian players, it is completely partial when comes to international cricket. Remember the silence in 1996 quarter final when Sohail and Anwar were taking on Indian bowling. We, Indians, are partial, abusive, so are you, Mr. Kohli. We are still long way from sports culture, and you are not at very different point from us, if you can remember your finger.

  • ram4crictheory on April 28, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Virat ur showing ur anguish on the crowd who supported u till date playing for India just like they did yesterday with you. Now what is the difference between u and crowd. It is you who is now flaring up differences saying bangalore crowd will not do this and Mumbai crowd has done this. If you really feel IPL is not the end of the world, even u shud be careful with your words about distinguishing Indian crowd from two cities. Tendulkar and Dravid are considered as LEGENDS not just for their game, but also for their behavior with teammates, opponents, critics, crowd etc. I hope u learn something from them in the future and become a legend urself in the future.

    Coming to the incident, when a throw deflects hitting batsman unintentionally and there is a chance of run, they don't take showing sportsmanship, even u cud have done the same thing when u r convinced Rayudu cud have made his ground barring collision, u cud have withdrawn u r appeal as a gesture of sportsmanship.

  • hm007 on April 28, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    We as spectators are one of the rudest crowds in the world. While supporting a team, we don't see cricket as a sport anymore, we see it as a war and we always want the opposition trashed. If the opposition plays well, no matter how well, we fail to appreciate, how often have we not seen crowd going silent when their is an onslaught by opposition. Cricket is a game for entertainment, if we have this attitude there is no way we will be able to appreciate great cricket.

    What Mumbai did yesterday is a demonstration of the same rudeness. While it might take ages for us correct our attitude for international team, this attitude for local clubs of IPL is taking it way overboard. Kohli is right irrespective of his own attitude is questionable in other matches. It is high time that we grow up.

  • r0adrunn3r on April 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Kholi did nothing wrong. So now people expect chivalry from players? There was nothing wrong with that run out, it's not like Vinay intentionally bumped his bat, Raydu should be more careful. When people start hating a player, everything he does seems wrong. He has gone overboard with his aggression before but he doesn't deserve the hate he is getting, at least not in this situation where he did nothing wrong.

  • asif2311 on April 28, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    would like to state after hearing the press conference of virat kohli that a player can be one of the best in the world in his discipline but he can never be regarded as a champion, idol or a GREAT until he has a similar personality as well. Virat has no rite to question the behaviour of the crowd towards him and to say that at the end of the day he plays for india as well, then where was his indian national spirit when he went overboard at gautam gambhir in one of the ipl matches. Also he states that IPL is not the end of the world, but the way he and others are putting there bodies as well as personalities on line, it seems otherwise.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    I think Kohli has been caught up wrong here. It is his attitude, which makes him feel hated at a particular place. He was booed at this location, but then why we dont see other opponents booed at. Being aggressive is one thing but the pictures will tell the story. Kohli is being said to be the next to fill the shoes of Dhoni...but is he taking any lessons from him. So is the case of Gambhir, who badly needed the captain ship of India, but again do these two really look to be cool enough to handle it. I have seen Cronje, Ponting, Dhoni, Smith and more. Both these guys should learn to behave on the field and absorb the pressure when things do not go their way... I like Kohli and Gambhir when they bat for India or Mumbai or Kolkata, though I do not have like for a franchise owned by SRK.

  • binu.emiliya on April 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    In the current players ( Rohith,GG,Virat,Raveendra Jadeja) i think Raina is far better in behaviour Pujara and B Kumar are very good,Jadeja is taking good spirit,and I think Shikhar Dhawan will be very good...!

  • 30-30-150 on April 28, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Rayudu's run-out was a wrong decision. Don't know how the third umpire could possibly give it out. It was silly on Kohli's part to have appealed for it, in the first place.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Every now and then kohli will get emotional in the field for a change the fans got emotional thats all to it....lol...

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Even if you come to pune its the same thing

  • CivilGaurav on April 28, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Kohli should understand crowd mentality and should not take such things personally.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    sachin also same thing in 1pl3 when he took the catch of dravid he went up but finally not out its happens in cricket dont blame kohili its shame on mumbai fans

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Then y did u collied with ur team mate Gambhir.Is he not play for india?? U knw kohli wt u r folloeing is things u hav done at past....

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    No debates - my opinion : Why boo Kohli ? Absolutely ridiculous behavior by the mumbai crowd ! A couple of direct hits...maybe rayadu was a little unlucky. So what ? The rules weren't made by Kohli. FYI am a CSK fan...So would you guys(defending the boo) still put a thumbs down to Dhoni if Mumbai loses out on homegound because of a little lesser luck ?

  • gvmraj on April 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Guys, Kohli has a point. Booing indian team by indians is something different than booing a player over club cricket who plays for india is different. The latter would definitely hurt.

    Think of it like the scenario never happened. Would rayudu had scored a 50 in those 15 balls? which is highly unlikely impossible. Even if we take that way MI would have reached a score of 250. Is it fair to boo an indian player just for 50 runs over a club cricket and too over a league game? Are we that much obtuse? Don't we have brains to think over it? MIs Gain / Loss is not going to be shared with every person who support MI. If we are doing this for International matches, we can call it as patriotism that too should not happen.

    If Mumbai supporters are going to curse and boo players like this better they take "Indians" out of their names and call mumbaikars. It is a shame that people fight over such petty issues.

  • vxttemp on April 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    i don't think Indians like "winning at all costs". Win a match like a winner. For virat, it is always moment of heat and for crowd the same doesn't apply.. Good to see this coming from some of the posts.. Not from Mumbai but I'm with Mumbai on this.

  • Sarangarajan on April 28, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    It was strange to see the supposedly knowledgeable Mumbai crowds booing Kohli for what he had done with Rayudu"s run out. Rayudu was childish when he didnot reach the crease and gesticulated on his return to the dug -out that the bowler was at fault.Some stupid cricket sense.What was very surprising to hear on TV was the ecstatic and the jubliant Harsha Bhogle commentary when Gayle was caught by the same Rayudu. In fact on every RCB wicket fall, Harsha was purely joyful.He forgot that he was supposed to be 'a neutral' in his description of the match.This virtue he was advising Simon Taufel to follow when he came first on TV panel. Some sportsman spirit exhibited by these people in the IPL games.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Welcome to the club culture, Mr.Virat Kohli ! This is what pays you the money ! Don't expect flowers all the time ! Now u r playing for Bangalore & to remind u the fact we all know very well that u play for India ! We also know when u play for India, u play for pride, honor, glory etc but when u play IPL its all money! So, go & dish us some entertainment! (Huh, this kid gotta grow up!)

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    ipl is not the end of the world...he says after all he is an indian player...dont he remember that wen he went hard against a senior player like gambhir...thats not fair..three losses outside home...here is the outrage of that...

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    success has gone to his head....he doesnt knw to survive he needs to be humble as well...has he ever seen sachin doing that?thats y sachin gets respect where he is playing and people wich or his success.like someone said he may break all of tendulkars records but he will earn that respect

  • rajthedoctor on April 28, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @siddharth dev: bcoz international football is played 1 or 2 mths a year and ipl only 6wks a year

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    If thats the case Mr.Kohli, You should have remembered Gambhir plays for India too in the same huddle..,Maybe you have a point but you are not the right person say it..As you justified "IT WAS THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT".The crowd could say the "same",because at the end of the day they want their team to win.. So it is all "HEAT OF THE MOMENT"....lol

  • vxttemp on April 28, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Only your words are saying, IPL is not the end of life But your actions and emotions so far are saying a different story. People are not fooools dude.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, Just calm down, What u did against KKR Captain? Many times u act too smart n irritate others. I'm sure u cant lead a team in international level.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    not a new issue with cricket india and s[ectators india! :)

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All people blaming Kohli for that quarrel with Gambhir, just forgot that it was Gambhir who ignited it by repeatedly annoying a RCB player while he was batting and saying something while celebrating Kohli's wicket. Kohli replied in angry manner. I am not justifying what Kohli did, but it is the senior who should set precedence to the juniors. If Gambhir behaves in such a manner, a young man Kohli is tempted to do like that in the heat of the action. Has Kohli ever behaved in that manner to any other Indian player??. NO.. Give that lad some time to learn.. If you dont like him dont applaud him, but booing our own countryman is something the Mumbai people should be ashmed of..

  • vxttemp on April 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Virat - If every one is a saint then there is no need for umpires. Umpires are there for a reason and that is because of guys like you. I still hate the way, Sachin was ruled run out in calcutta against Pak- just the same case. Being a captian, if you don't appeal, do you think umpire will give that run out.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    What Rahul Dravid and Sachin got at Chinnaswamy, players can only dream of it... Mumbai crowds are ridiculous...

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    And also no matter what ever is Kohli attitude but he didn't do anything wrong yesterday to be called a cheat.Because everyone here asking for sportsman ship would be completely happy if had appealed as an Indian in an international match.So people stop being such hypocrites because no one is saint here.

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Kohi reacting to crowd is nothing new, good that he did not shown "middle finger" like he did to SCG crowd. He is still young, I am sure he will learn crowd behaviour with age,

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Good to see the Mumbai crowd's loyalty towards their club.. But, it's definitely not right to boo at a cricketer who has been a star for the country in the last couple of years. Mumbai should recall Kohli being one of them who anchored the WC finals in Mumbai too. Mumbai Crowd is being real immature and its sad a batsman like Kohli is shown this disrespect. Everything happens in the heat of the moment, and callin Kohli a Cheat was not appropriate in any form. Soon, he will be playing for India in Mumbai, and this would be more a demotivating factor for a talent like Kohli.. Mumbai crowd, plz grow up..

  • Zafar_Abbas on April 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    so childish from Kohli.. these things do happen, but MAY BE it was the pain he felt after the loss that he was trying to soothe.. He may be a very good talent but surely too naive to be Indian captain or for that matter Indian team member.. Long way to go for grooming this guy

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I don't get the hatred towards Kohli.I am not a RCB fan but still people only want to see one side of coin when it comes to Kohli.Every one says he should respect the seniors well tell me one thing apart from the Gambhir incident when he has said anything disrespectful to any senior player.And as far as Gambhir is concerned why people why people can't see it was Gambhir who started the spat then Kohli reacted so people who want respect like senior should start behaving like one.I guess every person here judging Kohli will become angry if abused by someone on matter how much senior so why how he is any different.That's not a new thing die hard fans of Sachin forget that no player is bigger than country (not even Sachin), so start respecting you countrymen first then your favorite player.Its heart breaking that a guy who has won so many matches for our country is criticized just because of a domestic tournament no one had so many problem with his attitude before infact it was defended.

  • M_B_I_O_F on April 28, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Mumbai crowd looks immature. Booing own national players? Such a stupid thing. Yesterday there was no fault from Kohli's side.

  • rashivkd on April 28, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    "IPL is not the end of the world", Kohli should remind himself before each game. If he reminds, the issue between Gambhir was not been happened.

    In this case, technically nothing wrong with Kohli, but you can't blame the crowd as they turned out to support their team Mumbai Indians. There is no point to say Banglore crowed to not cheer Gayle as he hits the young Indian pacer Ishwar Pandey because of it may concern his confidence.

    Once Kohli turned into the Indian colors, the same crowed will give him all respect and support, if he behaved well.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    arrogance shown by kohli in his reactions.....his acts and remarks reminds me of young vinod kambli...and in spite of having great skills look where he ended...

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Kohli says, 'Crowd forgot that I play for India also'. Well last week you were the one who forgot that Indian player thing about Gambhir! With all due respect, You deserve it Kohli! You are a wonderful player. But bring down your attitude level.. Its too high. Learn from the Master ,Dada , VVS, The Wall & Viru !

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    "IPL is not the end of the world ?" , then why are is he taking money and playing in IPL? why are we wasting our time watching IPL and not getting paid ?? Seriously talent is one thing and good attitude is the other half that makes a complete professional .... He does all sort of antics on the ground and then starts complaining about crowd. I guess he still needs to be told and guided and not ready to be a captain !! I love Virat's batting and fielding skills but I just hate this aspect of his personality...

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Gavaskar wrote. "Mumbai has a big heart to accommodate such behavior, for it has seen how most people who have made careers and a profitable living in the metropolis after coming from outside still do not have affection for it."

    This is a very silly comment by Mr Gavaskar, is it a rule that a person should have affection for mumbai if he lives in mumbai ? Every person has a right to like whichever city he wants. Can he guarantee that all the mumbaikars making a living outside mumbai adore the city they work in ?

  • Sir.Ivor on April 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    I am afraid I agree with Virat Kohli even if I am full aware that it is his own behaviour on occasions that has caused this animosity. All these theatrics on the field is bound to have its impact on the crowd. I wish virat and others would take a leaf from Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman in the matter of on field behaviour. He will then agree that even if one is a legend boorish behaviour is not right. I have not seen Vinay Kumar, or De Villiers make a spectacle of themselves ever. That meets with evreyone's approval. We have never seen Bravo or Gayle or Pollard misbehave even if they like to have a jig on occasions. From the present lot, I wish we would see the way Pujara conducts himself on the field. To me he looks the best choice to take over from Dhoni unless Kohli undertakes some drastic behavioural correction therapy at the earliest. It is done often elsewhere even with the best of sportsman all over the world.Virat would have won the day if he had recalled Rayadu.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Kohli doesn't have the right to comment on spectators behaviou but needs to correct his bahavior and shown sportsmasprirt. Every player should have the aggression but show that in their respective area but Kohli's onfield behavior always irritates the audience. With his present behaviour he can become a good cricketer but cannot become a good sportsman. Being a captain he should have recalled Rayudu back to crease the way some captains did it earler to show the sportsmanship. All the Indians love Kohli when he plays for the country but he cannot expect the same when he plays for his region or club. Only cricket God Sachin Tendulkar receives the same reception throughout the world irrespective of the team he plays.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    See, who is talking... Although he is a good player but it doesn't mean that the team management will tolerate his behavior on and off the field. An incident with Gambhir in IPL, they both forgot that they are playing for India not for Kolkata and Bangalore. Kohli should take some training session from MS Dhoni, how to be cool and calm in knotty situation also he should realize "A sharp tongue doesn't mean that he has a keen mind".

  • Pathiyal on April 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    no doubts about virat kohli's ability on the field, both as a captain and as a batsmen. he has been fantastic to say the least. what he have to do is just to control his emotions a little bit. we need to ask him back the same question - IPL is not the end of the world for you! we dont know why you get charged up. you do play international matches, right? just take a look at the aussie players - mitchel johnson, shane watson. the guys who usually appear to be hot headed and emotional playing for their country appear to be so soft and casual here. they also appear to have taken a break from tensions and be here just to enjoy their games. so can't he take a leaf out of their books? being abusive will only invite contempt from the crowd.

  • ChamJK on April 28, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Talk Nah, Viv! :D......... can't remember Sir Viv being jeered like this any time of his career!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Rayudu was given out wrongly.. Kholi where was your sportman spirit.. you were the main one to appeal!!! Shame on you man....

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Virat Kohli, you still have miles to tread, before you are eulogised as a national cricket treasure at all centres in the country !

  • bouncer22 on April 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Kohli needs to understand how a Club sport operates and its mechanics...! The very survival of a Club in any sport (Football Premier League, for example, on which IPL is modeled) depends on building the loyalty to their Club - even if it means a hint of pungency to other clubs develops..! BTW, all such rumblings coming from Virat is hilarious.

  • cescfabregas09 on April 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    O cmon Kohli...this is what the difference is between international and club or franchise.... This thing is so common..... A Gunner fan would hate to see someone like Defoe or Rooney score against arsenal at emirares but would love to see em on the score sheet if they are representing the three lions against germany at the same venue

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @Narbhavi: Rohit is the man India is searching for as MSD's successor!!!What nonsense!!Even the most ardent MI fan wont put up with this absolutely baseless claim.Rohit may not have as much attitude as kohli does but he isnt a saint either and as far as skills are concerned Rohit with all his talent is the most useless batsmen in international cricket.Mate let him earn his place in odis and t20s first let alone test matches. Captaincy can wait

  • ShanTheFanOfSachin on April 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Welcome to club cricket Mr. Kohli..

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    i think kohli deserved this he is too arrogant and unfriendly and he gets the treatment.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Virat Kohli has lost it. "At the end of the day" Gautam Gambhir and he are state and national mates. Then why did he lose his cool with GG the other day? This is Cricket Franchise. It happens in football too. Isn't Rooney at the wrong end of crowd support at 'across-the-street' Manchester City's Emirates?

  • Hook_Shot on April 28, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    At the rate Kohli shoots off his mouth the day is not far off when, even if he hits a century for India, the public will not appreciate him. Like somebody mentioned on this thread 'respect is earned'

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Look who is talking abt playing for india...who himself fights with senior players of our country in front of d whole crowd.

  • Harsh.Joshi on April 28, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Kohli has no right to cry foul. Just as hes stressing that IPL is not the end of the world for the crowd. Similarly, its not end of the world for him. We want IPL to be grooming ground for youngster to get acquainted with International stars and all the support that professional sides get. It would have been prudent of Kohli to call back Rayudu. This certainly would have indicated that he has learnt something from the spat with Gambhir and also has grown up a bit. But then Kohli seems to be the same chap what he has been directed to do in deodorant ad, i.e., to murmur something without thinking. I reckon this is where Pujara scores over Kohli and seems to be developing into an ideal successor of Dhoni. Its not just about playing best cricket. Anybody can do it, some do it instantly, some do it with time. However, not everyone can do be a role model and that is what Kohli needs to learn from Dhoni, Dravid, Sachin.

  • RoshanDgreat on April 28, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Please be mature Mr. Kohli and don't react as if you are the most innocent. If people wooo you than it's wrong.. but what about your incident with Gautam Gambhir..arent you gonna play with him. It's common in our country... I saw in a Ranji match where people used bad language for a player who dropped a catch. In world cup match in Delhi, people are calling Ashish Nehra "Dhilla-Dhilla"(slow) and to my knowledge he is itself Delhi player. Earn respect by being situation concious like Sachin and Dhoni. Aggression is required but with Bat and Bowl not with mouth. People admire Warne for his bowling but don't like for his off field activity. You are good player but show good behavior also if you wan't to lead cricket team of country which have billion of followers.

  • skhosla on April 28, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Well a lot is being said against Kohli above, even as I do not support his own frantic, abusive and volatile behaviour on field.. I do no agree with the Mumbai crowd's behaviour as well.. I think he was right to appeal.. and decision was legitimate.... You dont need to be merciful on opposition beyond rules to be called a 'sportsman'. Rather, strict adherence to rules is a sign of true sportsman!

    Secondly, come what may I do not think booing Indian players is a correct thing and Kohli rightly pointed out that he plays for India too.. and last thing you would want is crowd behaviour impacting team unity.. We dont want to go Pakistan way!

    All in all, this is a by product of IPL and that is something I hate about it! Two facts: It was itinerary of IPL due to which our WC winning team did not have an open bus celebration in April 2011. AND It was Kohli who was being cheered by these very fans when he had SRT on his shoulders after the WC win!

    So move on guys!

  • sharath01 on April 28, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Kohli was not upset because he was not cheered. But it's not fair to boo him and call him a cheater. Maybe he should have called raydu back but it happened at the heat of the moment. Kohli is one of the best batsman in international cricket right now and has won many games for India. He deserves more respect. Shame on the crowd

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    this is like saying liverpool fans shouldnt boo wayne rooney or manu fans steven gerrard because at the end of the day they both play for england(albeit on a much smaller scale). makes no sense whatsoever. i doubt his credentials as future india captain. need to be a little more level headed. that said, he's an incredible cricketer.

  • funkyrith on April 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Virat deserves all of this, he might be the most talented batsman that India has today, and a passionate leader, but he has done blunders this IPL as a leader and captain. He has shown, he is not yet anywhere close to being India's captain. More than one on-field fights with old team mates, standing his ground when he is clearly out, and yesterday's incident was epic, he can clearly see how Ambati was forced out of crease, still he appealed and allowed him to leave the field. These moments define a cricketer, when Sachin/Gilly and many others left by themselves for caught behind, when Jayawardhene walked out against his teammate Malinga for LBW this IPL, for a old timer like me, this is what defines Cricketing moments. Its not IPL that creates the divide. Its all his acts that define him and these jeers. He even blasts his own players! And about umpire's job, how many times umpires have given out and you have shown on-field anger!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Yeh Hai Cricket!

    Lessons learnt and move on.....

    Honesty is good but sportsman spirit should be shown....

    It's one off event, forget it...................

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    I dont think booing them was right as he was nt concentrating on the batsman instead he was more busy dislodging the stumps. Its d problem of the people they dont understand cricket rather get carried away with stupid sentiments.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    It is unfortunate that such crowds exist. Cricket is a gentleman's game. Not a rowdy game. Any team which comes to Bangalore is treated with equal respect but the home team gets a little more love. The Bangalore and Chennai crowds are probably the best in this country. Mumbai should realise that there was an ICC umpire present who would have given it not out if he found it unfair. It is sad to see such incidents occur. Grow up people :)

  • GRVJPR on April 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @Chris_Quicke Crowd can cheer and boo , but calling bad names to him and his parents isn't acceptable. Shame on Mumbai Crowd!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    You may be a very good player but in a game like cricket sportsmanship is given highest priority. Just calm down and try to get over your attitude levels. No wonder someday you may expect worse than today.

  • SL_rockz on April 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Mr.Kohli you are the same person who didnot went to the dressing room when you clearly edged one back to Dhoni from Bravo in the chennai match.I have seen many great leaders and players who knows the spirit of of cricket leaves the crease as soon as he nicked the ball.Sangakkara,Gilchrist are prime examples.I donot see a spirit of sportsman ship if everybody waits umpire to make all judgements.As players you know and feel whether it is unfair dismissal or not.So kohli should have called Rayudu back though umpire didnot. I remember when mathews was similarly ran-out in England in the same way bowler standing unintentionally in the running way of mathews.Then umpire gave out but Andrew Strauss had a word with his bowler and called mathews to bat again as he felt it was unfair on him.Look at that and learn Mr.Kohli. Gentleman play this game and there is no gentleman thing about waiting umpire to decide everything.SAD.He is not a good leader .

  • sharidas on April 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I see so much written about good sportsmanship, while the writers themselves support the jeering of a player. Sportsmanship is not confined to the Players only, It does concern the crowd also. I remember an incident where Inzamam ul Haq was harassed by a spectator in Canada and a normally composed person like him reacted. Though not every spectator can be controlled, to justify such behaviour from a crowd also is not acceptable. Sometimes we seem to forget that players are also simple human beings.

  • GRVJPR on April 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ Krishna_Chaitanya Even if it was an International match, Kohli would have accepted the decision and not cry like mumbai batsmen and crowds. He is wonderful and fame of India.

  • Lewis11 on April 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Its disheartening to see most of the comments laying into Virat here and some going to the extent saying he deserves it. There is also a mention of this being cricket a gentleman's game and I believe this applies not only to players but spectators as well. And as far as SG is concerned I am sure he will write another column soon to say he was being ironic in what he said about Mumbai crowd having a big heart.

  • keyancools on April 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Kholi is right ! in 2010 IPL final the entire crowd left stadium after CSK won ! Mumbai don't support sportsmanship..But in 2012 everyone know that entire Chennai crowd stood and applauded the Don't forget Bangalore also cheered for Dravid in spite of him playing for opposite side.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    I agree with the views of V.Kohli.In fact,there is no cricket in IPL.It is only for fun.The reality is that Mumbai won yesterday-because of West -Indian players.So it is a shame as a cricketing lover.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Kohli in my book is arrogant and proud and his tiff with Gambhir proves that he does not respect senior players and the post of Vice Captain appeared to have got in to his head . On the other hand , Rohit Sharma appears to be a Calm and Composed leader who should back himself to get in to the Indian team.

  • arunbabajap7 on April 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Kohli should realize about, what he has done with gambir this season. emotions and excitement are same for each players. Aggresive is different than behaving like cruel intention. Days will change and he may get experience how to behave in field.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    If Kohli is talking about people forgetting that he plays for India too, he also forgot that Gambhir plays for India.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Its MONEY!! Sooner than later, this IPL will fade away. Then we can go back to the gentlemen's game

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    well said kohli...but to become a captain of India u hav to maintain so many things,respect too much to ur seniors...ctrl on ur tounge..it might be whatever wether u r on top of world ranking..it doesn't matter to spectator..but ur behaviour matters a lot...people njoy your aggresive nature in the field but at the end of day....

  • Batmanian on April 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    It's a club (or, rather. 'franchise' league). Why should the crowd defer to his feelings? It's good for the game that people feel strongly enough to boo.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    finally he remember he plays for our country ? it is fair to fight with his fellow indian team mate gambhir in public ? but it is unfair if indian crowd boos him ? kya logic hei ?

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    I don't see MSD being booed anywr, across India...by the by, am a CSK fan :-P

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Well Kohli If U want them to shut Up ...Shut Them Up with Ur performance!!.. They Got Ur momentum DOwn And YOu cant jst Resist With it Got OUt..and blaming the Crowd!! HOw many you will blame?? 1,2 or 20000+ people!! They want their Team to perform dosent matter India Or Mumbai???.. Gotcha??

  • mcsdl on April 28, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Kholi should speak to Ashley Cole & John Terry to findout how it is like to get booed by your own countrymen..!

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 28, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Bangalore is no saint as Kohli says. When it comes to IPL, the best are Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    I don't see MSD being booed anywr, across India...by the by, am a CSK fan :-P

  • Onewin on April 28, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Bit rich coming from Virat Kohli. It is widely acknowledged that the young man needs to learn some manners before anything else, and his cockiness is frankly a little embarrassing for everyone who likes his batting and would want to see him lead India one day. And partisan, fiercely loyal fans, well, isn't that what club sport is all about? I mean, are Arsenal fans supposed to cheer if Rooney scores against them just because he also plays for England? And Theo Walcott get the same reception at Old Trafford against Man U?

  • FAB_ALI on April 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Well, everyone is not MS Dhoni...who would call back Ian Bell at such a critical situation in an important Test Match. Well, its human nature..all r nt the same. If that was the case, world would have been a boring place. Kohli has the aggression within his behavior while MSD has the calm.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    And crowd forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country ... Viorat Kohli. .... And Virat kohli forget that opposite captain (Gautam Gambhir), with whom he fought aggressively also play with him .. for India, for Delhi ... for ONGC..!!!

    its easy to blame others .. its difficult to mind own behaviour ...!!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Kohli says the Banglore crowd appreciates all players and never behaves like this. He seems to have a short term memory loss, since Gautam Gambhir was booed in Banglore just a couple of weeks back. may be its not about the mumbai crowd or the banglore crowd, may be the fault lies with players like Kohli and Gambhir who don't behave properly. I dont see Dhoni getting booed by any crowd.

    by saying all this Kohli has ensured that he will be booed again the next time he plays at mumbai.

  • Sarlana on April 28, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Kohli sir, you too have a right to show your sprotsmen ship by calling the batsmen back as a captain.

    I believe Dhoni & Sachin are best in india this way.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    I enjoy his aggression but this time he was giving Lame Excuses by Kholi..He deserved the Wrath of the Crowd.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    And crowd forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country ... Viorat Kohli. .... And Virat kohli forget that opposite captain (Gautam Gambhir), with whom he fought aggressively also play with him .. for India, for Delhi ... for ONGC..!!!

    its easy to blame others .. its difficult to mind own behaviour ...!!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Mr Kohli..There is something called Sportsmanship...For the same reason, no matter how good a player you are, you can never be in league of SRT, Dravid , Kumble or even MSD !!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    When will he realize that respect is earned, and not a given since he plays for India.Even Sachin was booed by Mumbai crowd in 2006.

  • kingcobra85 on April 28, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Kohli and other cricketers get to life their fancy lifes because of the fans and not the other way around. Fans are entitled to do what they want and if there is no passion in sport then its dull. Didn't he swear at Gambhir last week ? Both play for India then why did he put club before country ?

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    then better leave IPL if that is creating an impact on your INTL Cricket career.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    The crowd is supporting their team aren't they? Why should Kohli think that they should cheer everything regardless of the side. They have passion just as much as Kohli does, and that provides an atmosphere in which these cricketers need to excel. If they think he did something wrong they're allowed to voice their opinion. Whether its true or not is another thing.

  • Prash_C on April 28, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    He got what was coming to him. As the opposing captain, he should have recalled Rayadu. There are multiple specters within cricket where certain events, despite falling within the purview of the rules, are not considered sporting. An example, other than what happened in the game, would be running off of a deflection from a outfielder's incoming through. His overbearing attitude combined with this event, in front of a generally raucous Mumbai crowd was bound to lead to this.

    There is a flip side to it as well. Like Gavaskar mentioned in his article, cricketers from other teams (not limited to those representing India) are cheered and cherished at the Wankhede (and DY Patil, when they host their games.) Conversely, the booing of Kohli had a well defined rationale behind it, and cannot be used as a rebuttal to Gavaskar's article.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I am not sure as to what Kohli's objection is to being booed by the crowd - he's played enough cricket to be used to that by now. Right or wrong - he should've called Rayudu back as the run out was due to the bat colliding with Vinay Kumar's leg. If this were in an international match, and he were the batsman, wouldn't he have expected a similar gesture from the opposing team captain?

    On another note, I honestly believe that incidents like these will only help a city develop some kind of affiliation both with its franchise as well as its players. With time, these affiliations could maybe grow into "derby" kind of matches that will add an edge to these contests and make them popular.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Too late Kohli, it was in your decision to appeal for the run out. Had you taken your appeal back, the umpires would have called back Rayudu, but you still left it with the umpires to decide and they had to judge it as a run-out.

    There was no fair play there !!!! It will come back to you one day either in IPL or International Cricket !!!

  • aniscric on April 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    dear kholi , cricket is not soccer or boxing....sportmanship is of the highest value specially for a cricket captain/leader , you FAILED in that....if YOU had called back Rayudu it would show your maturity.......to WIN like a winner not a looser.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Well in that context Kohli shud act first in that way like wat he just said

  • the_blaster on April 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Get over yourself, Kohli! Someone that plays professionally (and makes millions doing it), cannot afford to have such a thin skin. From his comments, he seems to want "India players and captains" to be cheered, but its ok if his other teammates are heckled?

    I hope this small-minded, selfish man never becomes India captain.

  • ajaykhanna on April 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    It is not just about the technical correctness of a decision only! Here was a chance for Kohli to demonstrate that the spirit of sportsmanship is much above gamesmanship! He has relegated himself to being just another professional cricketer...

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Kohli says, 'Crowd forgot that I play for India also'.

    Well last week you were the one who forgot that Indian player thing about Gambhir! With all due respect, You deserve it Kohli! You are a wonderful player. But bring down your attitude level.. Its too high. Learn from Sachin ,Dada , VVS, Dravid & Dhoni !

  • nehaakruti on April 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Kohli seems to be not sportive while loosing any match .. I was surprised to see his unsporting behavior when he lost to Hyderabad in Hyderabad. I am worried to think of him as India's future captain .. he has to learn a lot from Dhoni if at all he wants to be a captain ..

  • kevivnajar on April 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    The point that the Mumbai crowd booed Indian players is a good one. But that Rayudu dismissal was against sportsman spirit. If the bowler & batsmen collided in the middle of pitch, no body would have appealed against it. This is similar to it. Rayudu cannot keep guessing the distance that Vinay is going to come back.. Anyways, I'm happy that RCB ended on the loosing side..

  • Fyah on April 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Everything doesnt go as per law always. If he was a good sportsman he should have called Rayudu back as his bat was lifted by Vinay after making the crease. I cant agree with Kohli completely with he saying umpire should have called him back.. Umpire couldnt have called him back because the law says he is out.. That doesnt make him cheater though ..:)

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Kohli should realize that the hatred is only directed towards him and himself alone... Having played most of the games at home, he never realized how much hatred he has garnered by his on-field behavior - overt display of aggression... So, he has to realize that the crowd wrath is not just due to his runout of Rayudu, but it just acted as a catalyst... If only he had come good with bat, he would have been cheered too... Its not in earnest for Kohli to criticize Mumbai crowd for this, ask any past Indian players how patriotic Mumbai crowd can get... but the Kid needs to play more domestic cricket to realize there can be crowd wrath in local games also... he's not Sachin already to earn respect everywhere he goes...

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Its your attittude which has led the crowd to boo you. You talk about playin in the indian team and still you don even respect your own players. Its your own arrogance which has led the people to boo you. You improve your attidtude and you will be respected more all around,

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Even though it is not intentional, the run out was as a result of the collision between the bowler and batsmen. Why the batsmen alone should be penalized for the incident. Considering the spirit of the game the appeal should have been withdrawn by the fielding captain (Kohli). However that didn't happen from Kohli's end and that's the main reason why crowd booed at him.

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Ridiculous comments from Virat.... We fans also feel the same when he fights with Gambhir.... If u players say that it was on that moment or spirit of the game, we fans also can say that its on that spirit of the game that we booed u..." IPL is not the end of the world. They forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country". U shouldn't forget that with whom u fight, you have to play with him for India... So u don't deserve to advice the fans how to behave with u players...

  • Tatvagna on April 28, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Very well said captain Kohli...you should realise this yourself and limit the antics and emotions you portray at every venue against the opposition !!! Many of them play for India and you go crazy when anyone gets out....so don't you feel like getting a taste of your own medicine now ???

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Mr Kohli, Now you should understand why people all over the world love & respect Sachins, Dravids,Laxmans, Waughs and Kumbles. Cricket is not all about winning and scoring good runs, its your attitude that reaches to heart of public. Not only in Mumbai, last year Kolkata public showed this hatred towards their own team KKR, cause Saurav Ganguly was playing in opposition PWI. So learn to accept it and move on instead of getting FRUSTRATED like a good leader.

  • push_10dolkar on April 28, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    You get what you deserve Kohli! Why blame the crowd? If he can show the middle finger to the crowd in Australia, if he can abuse Gautam Gambhir (who btw is also Indian if Kohli forgotten) then he has no right to be complaining here. His decision to continue with the appeal after realizing that Rayudu was obstructed by Vinay Kumar (rather his bat was pushed out of the crease) is bereft of any sportsmanship. Also Kohli has the luxury of the press conference to address his frustration, the crowd doesnt. And they are the ones who are paying the big bucks to watch the match live, so if they feel that something was wrong and they voice it, what wrong? Technically what he did may not be termed as cheating, but it was not far from it either.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Kohli is right albeit it is a fact even Kohli does the same mistake of taking IPL too serious compared to when he plays for India...I do not agree with Gavaskar (though I have lots of respect for his knowledge and talent) with his view about Mumbai crowd. Remember when CSK beat MI in one of the previous IPL finals,, the entire stadium was almost empty when the presentation ceremony was on. Chennai is the only place where even the opposition team (even Pak) got a lap of honour standing ovation applause from the entire crowd...Mumbai crowd is partisan....

  • GreatMarshall on April 28, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    VK forgot the golden rule : Think before you speak'

    He should have come clear about his spat with GG as both play for same team. GG is still representing India.

  • zxaar on April 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is sad that people of virat's attitude play for india. We indians do not hate people who visit us, we only hate people who are dishonest. We hated when this happened against Sachin in a match against pakistan, and we hate when it happens in domentic match. We are no hypocrites.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Kohli should have enough awareness to realise that the best way to handle these situations is by shutting up. Gambhir badmouthing Delhi, Kohli badmouthing Mumbai, and IIRC, Bhajji badmouthing some city or the other a couple of years ago. it's all just immature silliness. All these guys need to take a leaf out of Dhoni's book. Even if you really want to make a point, do so diplomatically.

    Also, if IPL is not the end of the world, stop getting so charged up and losing your tempers on the field.

  • ali14pakistani on April 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Well Kohli goes to show what other countries teams feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Narabavi on April 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Kohli got what he really deserved !!! I think Rohit is the man India searching as the successor for MSD. Itz great if he find the touch in biggest level.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    May be its just Kohli they don't like...

  • orangtan on April 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Kohli is right, it is up to the umpires to make the call . To invoke " spirit of cricket " and all that is meaningless. You have the technology to determine the exact sequence of events, use it and make the call.

    And yes, at the end of the day this is only IPL, unfortunately the T20 tamasha has revved up unnecessary city hysteria. never forget that it is the country's international performance that counts. This fact is never forgotten by Aussies, Saffers etc. The fact that Kohli is a hot-headed egotistic cricketer may have contributed to this aggro against him, but each situation must be evaluated independently.

  • Rajnal on April 28, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Did Kohli forget his ugly spat with fellow cricketers during IPL ? He hardly showed any respect for his fellow team mates

  • Goaldee on April 28, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    I agree with Kohli, crowd behavior was unruly, but again a few days back Kohli himself had a tiff with Gambhir in IPL. At that time had he forgotten that the two of them played for same teams (Delhi/India) & that Gambhir was his senior. He would say it was just flow of emotions & nothing personal but so was crowd behavior. After all they pay money to see their team win.

  • TheGladiator on April 28, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Its was poor sportmans spirit shown by Kohli. Such incidences seperate a good captain from a great one. Everybody knows that he is such an arrogant person. He could do well to emulate players like Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. They have a great temparament and attitude. I Kohli's case, his success has gone to his head. He needs to learn to be humble.

  • SamRoy on April 28, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Problem is the people who throng the stadiums aren't actually lovers of test cricket. Even Kohli shouldn't mind or get worked up about crowd reaction because it is after all an IPL game.

  • Mrhuda on April 28, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    kholi just had his own medicine and has a prob with tat

  • doc5star on April 28, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    what a joke.. he says that he also plays for India.. what about his altercation with Gambhir? where did his 'playing for India' spirit go when he was hurling his favorite words towards him?

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    OMG.............................People in glass house Mr Kohli

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Surprising coming from Kohli ! :D

  • Hardy1 on April 28, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Maybe Kohli shouldn't be so presumptuous in assuming that it's the same people that are booing him now that cheer for him when he plays for India, the demographics of the crowd will be very different in the respective games. Plus if he's gonna play this line, then why just the Indian players? Why should any player get booed? Obviously the crowd's being silly & immature & Kohli did nothing wrong but he doesn't have to be silly & immature too. Then again it's Kohli so I guess that's a given anyway.

  • riverlime on April 28, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Booing a cricketer is shameful. He is being PAID to do a JOB!! If you don't like it, then LEAVE! The entire Mumbai community should be ashamed of what happened at the ground and like in football, the team should be censured officially for the behaviour of their fans.

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    And to be honest, i am not surprised, i have seen this crowd boo Yuvraj in the first ipl, then even Sachin once in 2006 i guess, really pathetic to say the least, compare this with the chennai crowd and you are like wow, how sporting that set of crowd is, they even appreciate an opponent's good performance!!

  • Sekhar_S on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Dhoni and Yuvraj got booed in 2008, while local boy Sachin himself got booed in 2006 in an international match. A simple chant of booing is acceptable given the fans' loyalties towards their respective teams but chants of 'cheater' are simply not acceptable. Contrary to what Kohli says, Bangalore crowd is no saint. Kris Srikkanth was booed in 2010 season when he was the ambassador for CSK.

  • niteshone on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, yes everybody knows that you are an Indian player and you will be cheered when you will play for India. But why they are booing you is because of your unsporting behavior. There is something called game spirit. You should have called Rayudu back after seeing that he was in the crease but to the collision with Vinay kumar. Because of your this behavior you were booed and I am not surprised with that. You are saying that Bangalore crowd is very sportive but what happens to them when they booed Gambhir?

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    so why do you stare at umpire and not leave the ground as soon as yo are given out? you dont respect umpires decision

  • ranveer.phukan on April 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I don't really understand what the immature Kohli is whining about. Things like this happening is good because it shows how passionate the crowd is about their team. Its no more different than Steven Gerrard being booed at Old Trafford when playing for Liverpool but being cheered while playing for England.You don't hear footballers complaining about it. Inter club/ franchise rivalries should be welcomed since it shows the attachment crowds are developing for their teams.If the crowd just meekly sits applauding wickets and boundaries as if on some English green somewhere what a boring game it would be!! Grow up Mr Kohli... you can'texpect to be everyone's blue eyed boy

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Kholi needs to learn a lot from Sachin & Dhoni, he is still a kid and act like a kid.

  • nkoch on April 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Kohli has to be careful in choosing his words. Just because a section of crowd booed him or called him a cheater, it does not mean the whole stadium is against him. By making such public statements and comparing the venue to other placeds in the country will only spill bad blood.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Dear Kohli, Gambhir plays for India as well.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well said Kohli!! It was an honest mistake and not intentional. The umpire had the right to withhold the decision and call Rayudu back but chose not too. The crowd behavior after the incident was in bad taste!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well said Kohli!! It was an honest mistake and not intentional. The umpire had the right to withhold the decision and call Rayudu back but chose not too. The crowd behavior after the incident was in bad taste!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Dear Kohli, Gambhir plays for India as well.

  • nkoch on April 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Kohli has to be careful in choosing his words. Just because a section of crowd booed him or called him a cheater, it does not mean the whole stadium is against him. By making such public statements and comparing the venue to other placeds in the country will only spill bad blood.

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Kholi needs to learn a lot from Sachin & Dhoni, he is still a kid and act like a kid.

  • ranveer.phukan on April 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I don't really understand what the immature Kohli is whining about. Things like this happening is good because it shows how passionate the crowd is about their team. Its no more different than Steven Gerrard being booed at Old Trafford when playing for Liverpool but being cheered while playing for England.You don't hear footballers complaining about it. Inter club/ franchise rivalries should be welcomed since it shows the attachment crowds are developing for their teams.If the crowd just meekly sits applauding wickets and boundaries as if on some English green somewhere what a boring game it would be!! Grow up Mr Kohli... you can'texpect to be everyone's blue eyed boy

  • on April 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    so why do you stare at umpire and not leave the ground as soon as yo are given out? you dont respect umpires decision

  • niteshone on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Mr. Kohli, yes everybody knows that you are an Indian player and you will be cheered when you will play for India. But why they are booing you is because of your unsporting behavior. There is something called game spirit. You should have called Rayudu back after seeing that he was in the crease but to the collision with Vinay kumar. Because of your this behavior you were booed and I am not surprised with that. You are saying that Bangalore crowd is very sportive but what happens to them when they booed Gambhir?

  • Sekhar_S on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Dhoni and Yuvraj got booed in 2008, while local boy Sachin himself got booed in 2006 in an international match. A simple chant of booing is acceptable given the fans' loyalties towards their respective teams but chants of 'cheater' are simply not acceptable. Contrary to what Kohli says, Bangalore crowd is no saint. Kris Srikkanth was booed in 2010 season when he was the ambassador for CSK.

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    And to be honest, i am not surprised, i have seen this crowd boo Yuvraj in the first ipl, then even Sachin once in 2006 i guess, really pathetic to say the least, compare this with the chennai crowd and you are like wow, how sporting that set of crowd is, they even appreciate an opponent's good performance!!

  • riverlime on April 28, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Booing a cricketer is shameful. He is being PAID to do a JOB!! If you don't like it, then LEAVE! The entire Mumbai community should be ashamed of what happened at the ground and like in football, the team should be censured officially for the behaviour of their fans.