India denies summoning Supersport’s director over decision to show replays of Kohli being hit in the ribs

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“We did meet the producer of Supersport, but it was for discussing something else and not about the clip shown of Virat Kohli”

India have denied summoning South African broadcaster Supersport’s director over the editorial team’s decision to show replays of vice-captain Virat Kohli getting hit in the ribs.

Kohli suffered the painful blow during the first ODI in Johannesburg.

The incident was revealed by cricket writer Neil Manthorp, who wrote a report about it following the abandonment of the match due to heavy rain.

“During the third game in Centurion they were offended by the host broadcaster Supersport’s editorial decision to replay the footage of Virat Kohli being struck in the ribs during the series opener at the Wanderers,” Manthorp wrote. “Supersport’s director was summoned to the Indian changing room during the innings interval and an explanation demanded. His argument for ‘editorial relevance’ was countered with angry accusations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’, disrespect, and a suggestion that he ‘sticks to cricket’ in future.

“His observation that batsmen being hit in the ribs was in fact part of cricket was not well received. Batting was not just about fours and sixes.”

However, India denied the whole incident.

“We did meet the producer of Supersport, but it was for discussing something else and not about the clip shown of Virat Kohli,” media manager R N Baba said.

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