The Star Sports-Virat Kohli controversy

India captain Virat Kohli is no stranger to spotlight and controversy when it comes to the things he does on a cricket ground while playing, but the 29-year-old has now also managed to find himself in the midst of a wrangle for his absence from the team.

At 2.41 pm on September 1, the Board of Control for Cricket in India emailed a media advisory with the squad its selection committee had picked for the 2018 Asia Cup. The big news – “the committee in consultation with the team management took a unanimous decision to rest Virat Kohli for the tournament.”

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About Jaideep Vaidya

I am a freelance journalist based in Mumbai, India. I focus on the business of sport. I have written for publications such as Forbes India, Mint Lounge,, Quartz, Firstpost, Bleacher Report and The Guardian. I have eight years of experience in sports writing, reporting, sub-editing, social media management, news curation and production (print and online). You can get in touch with me at