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Virat Kohli and aggression go hand in hand. This has served Indian cricket well. Our cricket captain has built a fearsome unit of battle-hardened Men in Blue who are capable of beating any team anywhere in the world. No wonder then that Team India tops the list of test-playing nations. However, they do get reality checks once in a while, and the latest one came in New Zealand.

India got whacked by the Kane Williamson-led Kiwis. The hosts completed a 2-0 test series whitewash, beating the visitors by seven wickets within three days of the second match on Monday. Batsmen let India down, and Kohli was honest enough to admit that they were outplayed by New Zealand. Kohli doesn’t like to lose, though, and frustration was writ large on his face during the post-match press conference. He snapped at a reporter when asked about his on-field behaviour—a reference to Kohli allegedly having sworn both at Williamson, when the latter got out, and the crowd.

By snapping at the journalist, Kohli lost a fine opportunity to emerge a statesman of the game. He could have conceded that he did get carried away by the competitive intensity of the day, or that he should have ignored spectators doing what spectators do—raucously back their home team. A smile could have conveyed grace under fire, or at least the sense that this was just a cricket match, that’s all. Sadly, his disposition has left many of his fans wondering if he needs a bit of anger management.

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