12/07/2022
Virat Kohli put out a rather irritant message in his social media accounts after a ‘fan’ entered his room, shot video and posted online.

The incident happened during the India vs South Africa match here at the Optus Stadium on Sunday (October 30).

Kohli was understandably irritated that someone has broken into his room, shot video and published online, and he reacted rather sharply about the whole episode.

“I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that. But this video here is appalling and it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy. If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room then where can I really expect any personal space at all??

“I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment,” Kohli wrote in his Instagram account with a grab of the video as background.

In the video that lasted about 30 seconds, a person can been shooting videos of Kohli’s room while another person stands and watch the whole thing. However, faces of both the individuals are not visible in the video. The local sources here said Kohli has left the room after shunning all the food and health supplements that he was carrying in fear of possible contamination.

Later the hotel, where the Indian team stayed at Perth, the Crown Towers, issued a statement and the person concerned was asked to stand down.

“We are aware of an incident involving a contractor and the privacy of a guest at Crown Perth. The safety and privacy of our guests is our number one priority, and we are incredibly disappointed this incident has occurred.

We unreservedly apologise to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident,” the hotel stated in a release.

“We have zero tolerance for this behaviour, and it falls well below the standards we set for our team members and contractors. Crown has taken immediate steps to rectify the issue. The individuals involved have been stood down and removed from the Crown account, and the original video was swiftly removed from the social media platform.

“Crown is conducting an investigation with the third-party contractor and will take any further steps necessary to ensure an incident of this nature does not happen again. We are also cooperating with the Indian Cricket team and the International Cricket Council to convey our apologies and will continue to work with them as we progress the investigation,” the hotel statement read.

The Indian team had lost the last match against South Africa at Perth by 5 wickets and now they have moved to Adelaide to face Bangladesh on November 2 in their 4th ICC T20 World Cup 2022 match.

It is not immediately clear whether Kohli or Indian team management has raised a complaint about the incident, which took place in the official team hotel.

It is possible that they may lodge an official report about the incident with the BCCI, local organisers and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to have a probe proper about the breach. Kohli has made two fifties in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far from three innings.