Kohli unleashes expletive-laden outburst

12:41 pm on 5 March 2015

An expletive-laden outburst by star India batsman Virat Kohli has soured the lead-up to the World Cup holders' next match against the West Indies in Perth.

Kohli verbally abused a journalist he mistakenly thought was the writer for another newspaper.

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon at the Murdoch Oval in Perth where India were training ahead of Friday's game.

As soon as he completed his net session, Kohli stormed to the sidelines and let off a volley of expletives at a horrified Indian reporter, eyewitnesses say.

Virat Kohli offered his apologies through an intermediary.

Virat Kohli offered his apologies through an intermediary. Photo: Photosport

The visibly shaken journalist wondered why Kohli had pounced on him without any possible provocation, until it was found to be a case of mistaken identity.

Kohli had actually planned to target a reporter from another Indian newspaper, apparently for writing about his personal life.

Realising his mistake, Kohli offered his apologies through an intermediary, also a reporter.

He told the intermediary to inform Kohli that such behaviour was not expected from an international sportsman even if it was not directed at him.

"Go and tell him that he is an international player and he should learn how to behave," the journalist says. "How can he abuse and intimidate someone? I would like to add that Kohli did not apologise to me directly."

The team management declined to comment but it's understood the temperamental Kohli, next in line for the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has been spoken to and told to ensure such incidents were not repeated.

The bust-up has added to an already fragile relationship between the travelling journalists and the team, which has avoided all media contact outside the mandatory press conferences before and after a match.

India's enjoyed a good start in the tournament, winning all their three matches against old foes Pakistan, mighty South Africa and minnows United Arab Emirates.