The Bangalore captain hits back after being called a cheater by Mumbai fans.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has responded to the Mumbai Indians fans that chanted cheater at him during the 2013 IPL clash between the two sides.
After RCB’s defeat to Mumbai, Kohli was subjected to the chants from a large section of the home crowd because he ran-out batsman Ambati Rayudu.
The Bangalore skipper appealed for a third umpire decision when he threw a direct hit at Rayudu’s stumps. Although the batsman had made his ground, when the ball hit the wicket he had collided with Royal Challengers bowler Vinay Kumar and therefore his bat was in the air.
Technically Rayudu was out but the Mumbai fans showed their displeasure at what they perceived as Kohli’s lack of sportsmanship by booing the India international as he gave his post-match interview.
“I don’t know what is wrong with people at this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don’t come here top be hated,” the 24-year-old was quoted on NDTV Sports.
“I don’t know why people have so much aggression and so much hatred towards other teams in this particular venue.”
Defeat to Mumbai saw Kohli and his team drop from the top of the IPL table, as victory for Chennai Super Kings saw them leapfrog RCB.
Mumbai moved up to fourth with the win and they are now just two points behind Bangalore with a game in hand.