The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli snapped at a journalist during the post-match press conference as the latter questioned Kohli’s on-field behavior as India suffered a Test series whitewash against New Zealand on Monday. India lost the second Test in Christchurch by seven wickets as the hosts won the series by 2-0 margin.
After India’s loss, Virat acknowledged that his team had been completely outplayed but lost his cool at a journalist who asked if his on-field language doesn’t suite to an Indian captain. Virat was seen on camera giving his Kiwi counterpart, Kane Williamson an animated send-off in the first innings and allegedly also some obscene words at a group of New Zealand supporters on Sunday.
The reporter asked Kohli, “Virat, what’s your reaction to your behavior in the field yesterday, swearing at (Kane) Williamson when he got out, swearing at the crowd. As an Indian captain, don’t you think you need to set a better example on the field?”
Hitting back at the reporter, Virat said, “What do you think?” He further added, “You need to find out exactly what happened and then come with a better question. You can’t come here with half questions and half details of what happened. And also, if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place to be. I had spoken to the match referee and he had no issues with what happened.”
In the two-match Test series, on traditional New Zealand green tracks, India managed scores of 165, 191, 242 and 124. The otherwise prolific Kohli had a forgettable series with scores of 2, 19, 3 and 14 in his four innings. New Zealand is now unbeaten in their last 13 home Test matches, winning nine of them, and in the past decade, they have lost just five-Test match out of 39 and 13 ended in a draw.
India started the day at 90 for six and the hosts bundled them out for another meager total of 124, before New Zealand chased down the required 132 to win for the loss of three wickets in 36 overs.