Unabashedly, Virat Kohli maintains he is unlike what his ‘brash’ reputation seems to suggest. But his actions on Tuesday only ended up reinforcing the image he wants to get rid of.

Kohli walked in 90 minutes behind time for a promotional event that was to be followed by a press conference. He went through the motions of expressing his apologies to those present and managed not to sound apologetic at all.

Kohli was quick to bring up the topic of his ‘image’ of being ‘brash’ and said, “I wanted to prove that someone who has tattoos and uses hair gel can be a good player. I have worked very hard to reach this level.”

Asked about the proposed tour of South Africa, Kohli said, “The tour will set the standard for our young team. We hope to get a few games in South Africa,” he said, but refused to comment further on the uncertainty over the tour.

On the upcoming ODI series against Australia, Kohli said, “even without Michael Clarke (owing to a back injury), the Australian team has many match-winners. We have to play good cricket to win. Since all our players are fresh at the start of the season, it’s important for the team to start well.” — Special Correspondent

More In: SPORT | Today's Paper