Although Virat Kohli ignored the anti-corruption protocol by meeting his girlfriend Anushka Sharma during a rain break at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has no plans to reprimand the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper.
Virat Kohli with his girlfriend Anushkha Sharma during a rain break during the IPL 8 tie on May 17 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in Bengaluru. Pic/PTI
Yesterday, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla told mid-day: "The ACSU (Anti-corruption and Security Unit) has not taken any objection to it. So, there is no question of reprimanding Virat.
"And Anushka is a well-known celebrity. She is Virat's girlfriend which is a known fact. Hence, there was no objection raised."
The rain break between RCB vs Delhi Daredevils gave the Indian Test skipper some time to catch up with his girlfriend. Kohli went up to the VIP enclosure to have a chat with his actress girlfriend. He was seen in a playful mood with Anushka.
Also seen in the VIP box were Delhi Daredevils star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and Kohli's RCB teammate Dinesh Karthik. RCB eventually qualified for the play-offs after the match was abandoned due to rain.
As per the ACSU protocol, a player cannot meet non-accredited person during the match. Anushka has been frequently seen at Kohli's matches. She also travelled to Sydney to cheer for him in the World Cup semi-final clash against Australia in March.
At the Mumbai airport in April 2015
At the Mumbai airport in March 2015
At Melbourne during India's tour of Australia in December 2014