India batter Virat Kohli revealed a dreadful event he had to undergo during his stay in Perth on Monday, calling the experience “appalling.”
Kohli posted a video of his hotel room in Perth, where India lost to South Africa on Sunday. The short video shows some fans entering his room and filming a video of his possessions on the bed and table. The 33-year-old cricketer, apparently shaken by the event, has expressed privacy concerns.
He wrote on Instagram, ” I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favorite 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.”
The world’s reaction
People were as bewildered as the rest of us and expressed their disgruntlement with such ridiculous behavior. It includes Warner, Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, and many more.
Australia batter David Warner commented on Kohli’s Instagram photo, saying: “This is ridiculous, totally unacceptable. Was this @crownperth.”
Anushka Sharma, Kohli’s wife, also reposted his message on her Instagram story, writing:
“Have experienced few incidents, where fans have shown no compassion or grace in the past but this really is the worst thing. An absolute disgrace and violation of a human being and anyone who sees this and thinks celebrity ho! Toh deal karna padega should know that you are also part of the problem.”
“Exercising some self control helps everyone. Also, if this is happening in your bedroom then where is the line,”
India travel to Adelaide
To say the least, Virat has been in dazzling form, accumulating 156 runs in three games, including two half-centuries. This incident occurred during his brief stay in Perth. They now travel to Adelaide to face asain foes Bangladesh, with hopes of avenging their loss to South Africa.
India will try to cement their place in the top two with a win over Bangladesh, as they are technically only one win away from clinching their spot. And, perhaps, Adelaide has better protective measures in place to prevent such blasphemy. As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”