Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Unmoved by criticism, Mallya says will continue to attend India matches


His continued presence at such events is likely to be perceived as a nose-thumping gesture towards Indian authorities, who have filed an extradition request following revelations of alleged unpaid debts worth Rs 9000 crore.

A BCCI official is quoted as saying, "The Indian team wasn't comfortable and they maintained a dignified distance from Mallya".

Incidentally, Mallya used to own an IPL franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which is captained by the skipper Kohli.

Mallya was spotted arriving at the ball in a Rolls Royce, and sources close to the team indicated Virat Kohli and Co had no idea he had bought a table, or was among the invitees.

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Kohli is right now in England, leading Team India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Mallya's presence is one of the reasons that the team left early. Interestingly, nobody knew who invited Mallya to the function. "Similarly, someone who bought a table must have invited him", a BCCI source present at the event told PTI. From Rohit Sharma to MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan with wife Ayesha Mukherjee, Yuvraj Singh and many cricketers were present at the event.

"His presence creates a very uncomfortable situation for the cricketers", said a source. So, it seems by the looks of it that Virat Kohli did not purposely invite Vijay but it happened coincidentally.

The Liquor baron was caught on cameras quite a number of times on TV and social media had buzz over the pictures of Mallya watching the match yesterday. He was arrested by United Kingdom police to be extradited, only to be granted bail and released in a few hours. But no way, the man has to high profile himself and embarrass the team players who now have to spend the rest of a special evening ducking him and, in the avoidance, ruining their fun.

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