World Cup 2019: Vijay Mallya graces his presence at The Oval in India-Australia game

This is not the first time, Mallya has made his presence felt in the stadium in an India game.

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Vijay Mallya. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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India and Australia are fighting it out at The Oval in the ongoing World Cup on Sunday. The much-awaited game saw the Indian captain Virat Kohli winning the toss as he had no hesitation in opting to bat first. The rivalry between these two teams is fierce and even the fans wait eagerly for them to face-off in such a big ICC event. However, as the action started at the venue, the controversial Indian businessman Vijay Mallya was spotted entering the stadium to watch the match.

This is not the first time, Mallya has made his presence felt in the stadium. He, more often than not, makes sure to be at the ground whenever India plays. The 63-year-old has been accused of defrauding Indian banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. He has been in the United Kingdom since March 2, 2016. India then filed an extradition request which was approved by the UK court recently.

However, Vijay Mallya has appealed the order and the UK High Court will hear his plea challenging his extradition order in July. However, while entering the stadium, when he was asked to give his views on the hearing, according to India Today, Mallya said, “I am here to watch the game.”

India bossing the game

Meanwhile, Team India has got off to a brilliant start in the game courtesy Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The duo started off cautiously in the first 10 overs and has accelerated since. Both of them got to their respective half-centuries before Rohit Sharma was scalped by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Shikhar Dhawan is looking really good though and should look to bat through now having spent so much time in the middle.

Australia, on the other hand, will look to put pressure on India now with dot balls. If they manage to get the Indian skipper, the middle-order will be under pressure.