RCB and Indian skipper Virat Kohli met his girlfriend and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma in the stands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium during a rain-break in a match against Delhi Daredevils in 2015. He was let off after being found guilty of violating the BCCI’s anti-corruption code.
Kohli was informed of the violation by BCCI anti-corruption unit head Ravi Sawani. He was cleared of the charge as the BCCI viewed the digression as minor. The Borad found the batsman breaching the rule relating to the minimum standards for Players and Match Officials Area (PMOA).
Kohli chatted with Anushka in the VIP enclosure adjacent to the players’ dressing room. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) sent a report to Sawani informing about the violation. ACSU is contracted by the BCCI to provide anti-corruption cover during the IPL.
Playing down the controversy stirred by this interaction, Anurag Thakur had earlier commented that no player is above the game and investigations are on in the alleged code of conduct breach. Players are not allowed to interact with anyone other than the dug-out members during a match under the anti-corruption guidelines. Thakur had assured that the batting sensation would be dealt with as per law.
Reportedly, IPL governing council chief Rajeev Shukla had spoken to the Indian captain and advised against a repeat. At a time when cricket is fighting the menace of match-fixing, Kohli should have remained in the dressing room and focused on the match instead of his girlfriend, said former Australian batsman Dean Jones.