Virat Kohli © Getty Images
Virat Kohli is one of the most popular and idolised cricketers in the country © Getty Images

The Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is probably the nation’s most popular and idolised sportspersons currently. From captaining India to the ICC Under-19 World Cup title in 2008, Kohli has come a long way to become the Test captain of India. However, since his Under-19 victory and journey, he has been involved in many on and off-field controversies. Despite being more responsible of late as a senior member of the side, Sudatta Mukherjee feels Kohli is yet to grow as a responsible person, who is an inspiration to many youngsters. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Circa 2008: A young group of boys, led by a Delhi brat, won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup by 12 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) Method. Despite not being able to score much in the match, the leader of the side was appreciated and applauded for the tactics he had applied on the field. Following his much famed win, this Delhi brat was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on a youth contract for USD 30,000. He had a pathetic season, scoring 165 from 13 IPL matches with a strike-rate of 105.09 and average of 15.  IPL 2015 most dismissals by wicketkeeper: List of best wicketkeeper in IPL 8

Following that, he got a chance to tour Australia with India A and regained some form. He was soon selected for India’s One-Day International (ODI) team. He at that point of said that “You can’t select a player on the basis of their IPL performance. It’s mandatory to hit out in that format from the word go, hence a batsman is bound to fail sometime or the other. You can’t judge a player on the basis of his IPL performance. Unless, of course, you are picking a player for T20.” He had his reasons. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

IPL 2008 was not easy. Glamour, money, power, and fame corrupted the young mind, especially after leading India to the Under-19 World Cup victory. A close family friend was quoted as saying by Times of India, “He was on TV every day, there was money and glamour, it was all too much for him,” says a family source, adding: “His indiscipline began to affect his cricket and we had to be very, very strict with him. Those days were tough. We began to fear for him.”

His stories do not end there. Apparently, once the star took his coach Rajkumar Sharma and brother to a restaurant. He had a cellphone which had the feature to adjust the volume of Television set, which left the people puzzled. Sharma told him, “I told him, whatever you do, please don’t let us get beaten up.” IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

Virat Kohli has grown since then. There is discipline in his game and frustration and disappointment when he loses. He is not someone who hides his emotions; he wears them on his sleeve. He is blunt and open. He does not like hiding or faking to be someone else. He is not here to please or even entertain anyone. He is here to just enjoy his game and win matches. Read: BCCI to monitor Virat Kohli’s behaviour

From being the Under-19 captain, Kohli now is donning the hat of being India’s Test captain. He led the side aggressively against Australia in the first Test at Adelaide. He left no stones unturned. It was a different Kohli compared to the 2011-12 tour one, who was rebuked and mocked for showing a middle finger to Syndey crowd. Time had changed. He was leading the pack.

However, things had not changed so much. In February, Kohli made headlines when he allegedly abused a senior journalist in Australia, when the whole world was preparing themselves for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Apparently, Kohli mistook the journalist to be someone who had written an article on Anushka Sharma, his girlfriend. Kohli was unhappy and quite justified. However, his outburst was not appreciated. He is no more the 20-year-old brat who led a pack of youngsters to Under-19 victory, or the young cricketer who was bought by RCB. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

Kohli was recently seen driving a Lamborghini Gallardo with Australian recruit for RCB, Sean Abbott, ahead of their IPL 2015 match against Delhi Daredevils at Kohli’s hometown of Delhi. There was nothing wrong in Kohli driving the car or owning just another luxurious car. Be it the Audi R8 he drove Chris Gayle around.

There is a saying. “With power comes responsibility.” Kohli is probably idolised by all the young cricketers, who perhaps are growing up aspiring to be like him. Imagine the many youngster who are seeing Kohli day in and day out, especially with latest technology bringing cricketers closer to them than earlier, driving around the city in costly cars that probably will take many young guns years to buy. IPL 2015 Leading fielders: List of Best fielders in IPL 8

There is no problem in dreaming of buying a sports car one day, if intentions are honest. There is no problem in aspiring to earn in crores, if the money is spent wisely. Would it hurt Virat Kohli to pose with kids, promoting his own Virat Kohli Foundation, which helps underprivileged kids, for those young hearts who cannot afford education or sports? Apart from the launch of the charitable organisation, not much is known about the foundation. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Kohli needs to learn how to carry himself on the ground, on field and off the field, in front of the camera. The RCB captain has done enough to keep his private life away from the limelight, which is commendable. Media or people have no business in what he does in his personal life. However, as long as he faces the shutterbugs, he needs to smile and tolerate everything. He needs to be a little more responsible and needs to know what to promote and what not to.

Kohli might be on the way to becoming another big cricketing star. However, he is a long way away from becoming a responsible ambassador of the game, a gentleman. Probably that is why the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently said, “Kohli’s outbursts has to be examined and whatever corrective measures are needed will have to be taken.” Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage