Thursday was far removed from the frenzy Tuesday brought with it.
Through the training session at the Waca, on the eve of India’s fourth Pool B match against the West Indies, Virat Kohli was in thick of action, but only on field -- his gaze firmly on the ball as he practised batting and fielding.
It was a departure from Tuesday when he singled out Hindustan Times journalist Jasvinder Sidhu to hurl a torrent of abuses.
Thursday brought another pleasant change. For the first time in many years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India -- without N Srinivasan at the helm -- accepted that its players could make mistakes. And, the matter did not rest just because team’s media manager RN Baba had failed to take an objective view of things.
Newly elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur issued a statement Thursday evening, saying the board had taken note of the incident at the Murdoch Oval and cautioned Kohli.
The statement was in contrast with the one issued by Baba Wednesday that claimed “there was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used”. Thakur’s release did not name the player but the message was clear. “The player in question has been told to maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times and avoid any such behaviour in the future,” it read.
Now, over to Waca for a good game of cricket.