It seems Virat Kohli is becoming a law unto himself. If his exchange of words with umpire Kumar Dharmasena during Royal Challengers Bangalore's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday night was not enough, he again broke the players' protocol during the tie against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.
Moments after rain interrupted play and the covers were drawn, the batsmen at the crease, Kohli and Chris Gayle, walked back to the pavilion. Within minutes, Kohli was seen in the corridor right next to the VIP box where his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, was seated.
Technically, a match is alive till the last ball is bowled and a rain stoppage doesn't give players the liberty to leave their designated area and mingle with people.
Kohli then went up to Anushka much to the amusement of the public. Soon the duo was on the giant screen at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, and the host broadcaster too cashed in on the visual treat to relay it to households everywhere.
Citing it as a clear violation of the Anti Corruption Security protocol, a senior officer of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) told HT that it is unbecoming of a captain to do this while the match is technically on, never mind if it's a rain stoppage.
"He is the captain of the team, so he is very much aware of the rules that apply to players and more so to a captain. Nobody is allowed to meet players while the match is on. And, players can't go out of their designated area to meet anyone either. We will definitely look into the matter and inform the BCCI," said the ACSU officer.
Chairman of the IPL, Rajiv Shukla, who was present during the match, told HT that if Virat had indeed breached the ACSU protocol, he will be warned. "So far I haven't received anything from the ACSU but if it sends a report and if it amounts to a breach of protocol, he will be issued a warning not to repeat it." Shukla added, "It shouldn't have happened."
An ACSU officer, who had been part of the IPL in the past, said, "It is unbecoming of a player. Players' wives and girlfriends do attend matches but they sit in a separate enclosure. I've never come across anyone meeting them while the match is on. One can imagine a newcomer doing that but not a seasoned player who is aware of the protocol," said the officer.In recent times, the Bangladesh Cricket Board had suspended former skipper Shakib al-Hasan for leaving the dressing room during a match against India to put in place a spectator who was allegedly harassing his wife in the stands.