Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (PTI Photo)

India captain Virat Kohli has reportedly been advised by the a Committee of Administrators (CoA) member to keep his emotions in check during the upcoming high-profile tour of Australia.

As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Kohli was told, first via WhatsApp and then through phone call, to stay humble afgter his recent interactions with the media and the public kicked up controversies. “He was told to be humble, in his interactions both with the press and the public,” an unnamed CoA official was quoted as saying in the report.

Kohli found himself in hot soup when a video of him went viral on social media. It showed Kohli advising fans “who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India.”

The video, available on Kohli’s recently-launched app, shows him expressing his disapproval after a fan called him an ‘over-rated batsman’ and that he prefers watching English and Australian batsmen instead. After reading the message out loud, Kohli replied: “Ok, I don’t think you should live in India then you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me, but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”

While the comments led to trolling on social media, the BCCI also reportedly wasn’t amused either.

During the England tour, Kohli gave a terse reply after a journalist asked him whether he actually believed head coach Ravi Shastri’s claim of this Indian team being the best in last 15 years.