ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Kohli irked by 'privacy invasion' after hotel staff posts his room video online
Virat Kohli is currently in Australia, participating in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, a hotel staff posted a video of his room during his absence online, leading to the Indian losing his cool over privacy invasion.
Former Indian skipper and top-order batter Virat Kohli is in Australia. He is having a great time with Team India during the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, where he is India's highest run-scorer in the tournament so far. However, there has been an incident of late that has left him irritated. Recently, hotel staff from Australia posted a video of his hotel room online while he was not in the room. While it is unclear which hotel the footage is from, some are guessing it could be Crown Towters in Perth, where India was staying before Sunday's encounter against South Africa, which the former lost.
Kohli took to his social media handles to express his displeasure. He wrote, "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."
Responses and reactions followed from other celebrities too. Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra reported, "OMFG. New level of low." At the same time, Kohli's brother Vikas penned, "This is really very unprofessional whom so ever did it. I'm assuming it must be the hotel staff only. Else if it's some other fans, it's a total disaster from the hotel management… WHERE IS THE SECURITY AND PRIVACY OF THE GUEST… this is very alarming @crownperth."
Australian opener David Warner lamented the act and documented, "This is ridiculous, totally unacceptable. Was this @crownperth?" Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan composed, "This is the saddest part about every person having a camera on them today," while fellow actor Varun Dhawan authored, "Horrible behaviour."
Also, Kohli's Bollywood wife Anushka Sharma corresponded, “Have experienced a few incidents where some 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 [if you're a celebrity, you'll have to deal with it]' 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?”
Meanwhile, Crown Towers has yet to come up with an answer or explanation regarding the incident and whether it was from its hotel. Also, ESPNCricinfo informs that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already reached out to the International Cricket Council (CC) and Cricket Australia (CA) regarding the matter.