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April 28, 2013

Was Virat Kohli justified in criticising the Mumbai crowd?


The Mumbai crowd failed to respect the opposition during the Mumbai-Bangalore match, and on several occasions in the recent past.


It wasn't the first time someone was booed by the crowd for perceived unfair play. As a sportsman, Kohli should know better than to react to such provocation.


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April 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT


First of all there should not be a question of fair play at the first place. The bowler was just backing up and Rayudu's dismissal can be termed as 'Unfortunate' and I am sure most of the captains would take side of Kohli and I agree with him that MI fans are a little too aggressive when it comes to IPL. But coming to the question, he is totally wrong in criticizing the crowd. The purpose of IPL is to create fan base like EPL and that is why we have a concept of home and away matches. The crowd is expected to support the home team and the opposite team shouldn't expect flowers from them. Due to that incident, Kohli should have accepted crowd's anger as they were loyal to their team. This is the same crowd who has supported Andrew Symonds also which was impossible a few years ago. Yes, if Kohli would have been in Blue jersey(Indian), the crowd would have cheered for him. So, telling them that this on-off relation doesn't work is totally wrong.

April 29, 2013, 10:10 GMT


Nothing justifies violence, nothing justifies unsubstantiated taunts, nothing justifies hatred. The crowd are within their capacity to booo any player, but it's not fair to call someone a 'cheater'. Social scientists have developed several different theories for explaining crowd psychology, and the ways in which the psychology of the crowd differs significantly from the psychology of those individuals within it. Since a majority of people were supporting MI, it's not surprising people backed their side. Virat is a young man and with time he'll learn to take this is his stride. It may be a bitter pill to swallow, but there's not much any player can do in such cases. One way to win people over is by playing good cricket.

May 4, 2013, 3:38 GMT


WAT'S happened to the crowd... It's not a wrong thing to support your home team bt on the other hand as Virat said they should not forget that even he plays for India...

April 29, 2013, 8:39 GMT


Spectators at the stadium wanted Mumbai Indians to win the battle as fiercely as Virat wanted RCB to win. If he can be passionate about his game and match so can the MI supporters. If he is a sportsman, he should not mind such little things which happened to the Greats of the game also. Passion runs in the blood of Mumbai that has produced maximum numbers of International Players from India. Mumbai will support for Virat only if he dons Blue Jersey of India but if he's in Red, he should be ready for anything that comes his way, if he is over-aggressive. Everywhere people tend to take stands and to an extent nobody is neutral at all. So, there's no harm Spectators at Wankhede supporting MI and await Victory

May 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT

Mridul Deep

The way the crowd reacted was not something unexpected. People are not just mere spectators. They do see and observe too. Mumbai crowd is passionate about their team the same way as Bangalore crowd for their team, Jaipurs for their and so on. And Virat has still time to prove himself to people as compared to Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Dhoni, who have support for them wherever they play.

May 3, 2013, 12:11 GMT


No need to blame on crowd...as a professional cricketer kohli shouldnt be reacting to these things...As a cricketer there will be supporters and opposers but you have to live with it.At the moment he is too aggresive and he needs to control himself his emotions or just think of what happened to sreesanth!!!

May 3, 2013, 4:37 GMT


I'd rather say...the Mumbai crowd had the right to do what it did...because they didnt care if it was Kohli or any other Indian player...they just thought that it was an unsportsman-like conduct and they gave him a mouthful...now about all the the umpires decision blah blah.. am not gettin into technicalities here...am just talkin about sportsmanship...and if he chose to be ruthless and continued to appeal then he should be ready to get a ruthless welcome by the home crowd...i think its time Kohli grew up and realised that his game alone isnt enuf...a ruthless streak is what will propel him... so 2 options...either u be ruthless and dont give a damn abt the crowd...or jus hang up ur boots if u cant take the jibes and boos... u cant be ruthless and cry about the crowd behavior.. and talkin abt his "booin against countrymen" comment...wat was it that u did to Gambhir..someone who you have played with...so Cut it and Just play the game...and move on...even Sachin was boo-ed...

May 1, 2013, 6:13 GMT


Virat Kohli, for all his god given talent, is immature at best.It was really childish of him to cry over crowd behavior.To be fair, he got what as due.You cant exactly expect the home crowd to sing your paeans after dismissing a home batsman in a way that would be perceived as unsportsmanlike by most.It was hypocrisy at it's best when he expressed his disgust at the crowd disrespecting an India player, while he had no qualms about getting into an ugly altercation with a senior India player only the other day.Respect has to be earned.And he has no business telling the crowd to respect him.It is glories brought by one's own sweat that brings u respect rather than cheap gimmicks and theatrics. Kohli has to look at how the great Sachin Tendulkar is being given a standing ovation across the globe.That's how you earn respect.As Sachin himself said, Kohli along with Rohit Sharma are the torch bears of Indian cricket's future.But Kohli has 2 get his act right, if he wants to b an India great.

April 30, 2013, 14:31 GMT


Every incidence has two sides. Virat Kohli's reactions are obvious for being "BOO"ed !!! But one must know and understand that Virat's behavior towards other Indian Players is not so good.

Competition always demands AGGRESSION !!! But a mature player must know how to CONTROL it !!!

And unfortunately Virat Kohli is not good at it. If he expects people not to forget that He is an Indian Player and plays for this country, then at the same time, even he is expected (and HE MUST) to be very much aware that he cannot express RUDE behavior towards other Indian Players (as part of so called AGGRESSION)


"Even those Indian Players are also representing the same country and are his team mates as well"

As far as the crowd behavior is concerned, I strongly believe that we should respect our players, "INDIAN PLAYERS" the MOST !!!

April 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT


A big No, Their is nothing wrong with the fans of this region. But, it is kohli's attitude and selfishness is the problem. He should understand that you have to earn the respect, can't force it. Crowd booed not because of rayudu's runout, but for the arguments that kohli had with Pollard. As he said it is the job of umpire the he should have left this issue to the umpire, atleat he shoul have that much cricketing sense.