Steve Waugh feels Virat Kohli needs to show a bit of maturity

Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli’s unprovoked spat with an Indian journalist over a story on him and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma has attracted major criticism from both the media as well as former players. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Full coverage)

The former Australian captain Steve Waugh, who wants his 15-year-old son Austin to model his technique and game on the lines of Kohli says he wishes that the 26-year-old would show maturity in his behaviour when dealing with situations like these.  (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

Waugh, who led the Australian team to victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 opined that journalists are entitled to their opinions and it is what they do for a living but not everything that is reported has an impact on the larger scheme of a cricketer’s plans.

“The media have a job to do and every journalist has his opinion,” wrote Waugh in his column for a national daily. “Kohli is too good a player, too inspirational a role model, to really need to tick off someone for an article that came out six months ago. (He) Will soon realise that an article criticising you is an insignificant dot in the larger scheme of the world.”

The journalist has since lodged an official complaint against Kohli with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the board has in return reprimanded the volatile batsman.