BCCI to deal with Virat Kohli and James Sutherland affair

Virat Kohli
Indian Team skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to give a serious look into the explosive reports surrounding skipper Virat Kohli in the Australian media and the comments made by James Sutherland on the Indian captain. This is not the first time Virat has been targeted by the Australian press.

Leading into the last Test match of the series, the opening lines of an Australian daily read “Virat Kohli is the Donald Trump of world cricket” which highlighted their intent to mock the Indian skipper just after the Australians managed a draw at Ranchi. Considering that the Indian board wants to take the issue up with their Australian counterparts.


“Vinod Rai made it clear that he would not like to react to every comment. So we will not be provoked by any Twitter posts. But the BCCI will take up the Virat issue with the concerned authorities in the CA,” a BCCI was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying. The former Australian first-class cricketer, James Sutherland who is the chief of Cricket Australia, took a dig at Kohli by questioning if the later knows the spelling of the word “sorry”.

While addressing a radio station in Australia the cricket administrator was heard stating, “Look I am not sure he knows how to spell the word,” Quite expectedly, the insulting comment on India’s favourite player has angered the BCCI and hence the decision to take measures. However, the management will first try to get their ropes behind the matter and find out the reason behind such a remark before sitting with the CA authorities.

The Indian cricket board and their Australian counterpart were scheduled to meet in Dubai at the end of March, where they had plans to deal with the controversy face to face. For certain reasons, the expected meeting has been cancelled, but the BCCI does not seem to calm down yet. The BCCI

The BCCI will, however, have a talk to James Sutherland and Cricket Australia boss David Peever. According to Anurag Thakur, the Australians always try to show their dominance over the Indians. He also labelled the reports by the Australian media as dishonoring and disgraceful.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017, has not only seen great cricketing actions but has also caught the headlines continuously for the controversies attached to it. The players seem to be involved in sledging and have been seen taking on each other. Dharamshala the venue for the fourth Test will witness another high action game with the pitch expected to assist spin.