But sometimes fans can cross certain lines in their overzealousness. And that is exactly what seems to have happened in Perth at the team hotel where the Indian team stayed during their preparation phase for the T20 World Cup.
Monday (October 31), Virat revealed a blatant violation of his privacy via a video clip on his Instagram page. Reports suggest that the video was originally uploaded on Tik Tok by an unidentified user with a caption that read – ‘King Kohli’s hotel room’. The video shows the interior of Virat’s hotel room and all his personal belongings. Although Virat did not reveal when exactly this offense took place, certain reports claim that it was just after the Indian team reached Australia.
The video shows the person filming it blatantly walking through Virat’s room and opening doors and cupboards. This left everyone shell-shocked.
The hotel in question said in a statement that “The individuals involved have been put down and some of the crown account”.
A number of questions therefore arise here – 1. Were only hotel staff members involved in this? 2. What kind of precautions do hotels usually take to ensure that their staff do not indulge in such activities? 3. What steps did the Team India security officials take after learning about this? 4. Continue, what can be done to ensure that such things do not happen?
Virat Kohli fan films his hotel room in Perth; hotel fires employee after cricketer flags privacy breach
What one should also not forget here is that this is not only a violation of privacy, it is also a serious security risk.
Virat is understandably not happy. Why he waited to reveal this is another question, but what should not be forgotten here is that an individual’s privacy, regardless of whether he or she is a celebrity or not, is something that is sacred and cannot be violated under any circumstances.
Indian cricketers have possibly the heaviest security cover among all international cricketers. Team hotels and floors where Indian cricketers stay are usually off limits to the public. When the team is on tour, things can be different. While there is still no absolute clarity on this, it appears to be a case of hotel staff possibly using their access cards to enter Virat’s room and film.
Virat while revealing this incident said – “I understand that fans get very happy and excited to see their favorite players and get excited to meet them and I always appreciated that,” Kohli said in his post wrote on Instagram. “But this video here is horrifying and it has made me feel very paranoid about my privacy. If I can’t have privacy in my own hotel room, where can I really expect any personal space? I am NOT okay with this kind of thing. of bigotry and absolute violation of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and don’t treat them as a commodity for entertainment.”
Kohli’s wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has expectedly lashed out at people who disrespect people’s privacy.
“Have experienced few incidents, where fans have shown no compassion or mercy in the past, but this is really the worst thing. An absolute disgrace and violation of a person and anyone who sees this and thinks ‘celebrity ho! Toh deal karna padega should deal know that you are also part of the problem,” Anushka blazed in her Instagram story.
“Exercising self-control helps everyone. Also, if it happens in your bedroom, where is the line,” she wrote.
Virat’s brother Vikas Kohli revealed the name of the hotel while replying to Virat’s Instagram post by tagging them. The hotel in question is the Crown towersin Perth.
ESPNCricinfo reports that the hotel issued a statement of apology, saying: “We apologize unreservedly to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident. Crown has taken immediate steps to to rectify the issue. The individuals involved were put down and removed from the Crown account, and the original video was quickly removed from the social media platform….Crown is conducting an investigation with the third party contractor and will take any further steps necessary to ensure an incident of this nature does not happen again. We are also working with the Indian Cricket Team and the International Cricket Council to convey our apologies and will continue to work with them as we progress the investigation.”
It is understandable that other cricketers are also raising their heads on this issue. Australian cricketer David Warner said: “This is ridiculous, totally unacceptable.”
ESPNCricinfo also quoted the International Cricket Council (ICC) as saying: “It was ‘incredibly disappointed by the gross invasion of privacy’ suffered by Kohli.”
“We continue to work with event hotels and security providers to ensure this remains an isolated incident and players’ privacy is fully respected at all times,” ICC added.