Mumbai: Virat Kohli, India’s swashbuckling middle-order batsman and a potential candidate to take over the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has attracted the displeasure of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a recent press interview during the ongoing ODI series against England.
The Delhi lad spoke to a national newspaper at length in an interview published on January 19 — the day India beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI at Ranchi to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. As per guidelines drafted by the Board, players cannot interact with media during a series except of course at a press conference.
An influential Indian cricket official is believed to have dashed off an email to a member of the team’s support staff questioning how Kohli spoke in between the series. The support staff member replied with a promise to reiterate media guidelines to the players.