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Virat Kohli absent from press conference ahead of India's game against the West Indies

The 26-year-old has been in the news for the wrong reasons in the last few days.

Virat Kohli

Middle-order batsman and vice-captain of the Indian team Virat Kohli didn't attend the press conference on Thursday, prior to India’s Pool B encounter against the West Indies at the WACA on Friday. The right-hander has been in the news for the wrong reasons in the last few days , after allegedly uttering abusive words at a Hindustan Times journalist at a practice session on Tuesday.

The standard procedure followed is that the ‘Player of the match’ from the previous match addresses the press ahead of the next game, but with the Kohli issue being at the forefront in the last few days, there were expectations in the media that he would utilize the session with reporters on Thursday to possibly apologise for his remarks.

No abusive language was used: Indian team media manager

The national daily with which the reporter in question is affiliated have clearly not been amused by Kohli’s behaviour and have a filed a complaint against the player with the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Adding a further twist to the story, media manager of the Indian team RN Baba delivered a message on Wednesday, categorically denying that the Delhi batsman had used any offensive words and confirmed that he had spoken to the journalist in question and sorted the matter out.

“Dear all, There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used, Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and matter ends.

Regards Dr. Baba,” the message read.

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