Team India deny shutting down 'softened up' clips of Virat Kohli
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The Indian team management have denied a website report that they had demanded an explanation from the host broadcasters for having telecast a clip of Virat Kohli being hit on the ribs with the caption reading 'softened up'. The article had claimed that the Super Sport director had been summoned to the Indian dressing-room after the Indian innings at Centurion on Wednesday.
"Once rain stopped play (during the third ODI at Super Sport Park) we did meet the producer of SuperSport but it was for discussing something else and not about the clip show of Virat," said an official statement from the Indian team management.
The contentious sequence of clips showed Kohli being hit under his chest while attempting a pull shot against Morne Morkel at the Wanderers during the first ODI, followed by him holding an ice-pack to the injured area in slow-motion. The website also had claimed that the Indians had taken offence to it, and had accused the broadcasters of 'inappropriate behaviour'.
"It was a customary meeting with the director as we wanted a few clippings of our bowling performance. I don't know even now about the sequence of clips mentioned in the article," said a source close to the team.
One of the television commentators said when the clips were being shown suggested that it was being done on the request of the commentary panel as they thought it would add more depth to their discussion on batting against fast bowlers after getting hit on the body.