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Has Virat Kohli's footage irked Team India?

CNN-IBN
Dec 13, 2013 at 09:34pm IST

The temperature appears to be rising ahead of the Test series in South Africa, with the Indian team management denying reports of demanding an explanation from host broadcaster SuperSport for editorialising their content related to a video clip of Virat Kohli.

During the third game at centurion, the broadcaster carried a clip of Kohli being stuck in the ribs by Dale Steyn during the first one-dayer at Wanderers.

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Veteran South African journalist Neil Manthorp reported that coach Duncan Fletcher summoned the director of the coverage that ran with a caption, "Kohli - Softened Up".

It was followed up by a footage of Kohli clutching an ice pack to the blow on the dressing room balcony, and then rehearsing the pull stroke during a net session.

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Fletcher reportedly told the director that this wasn't objective broadcasting, but editorialising of content. Sources in the Indian team have, however, insisted that Fletcher wanted footage of the bowlers.

The communications manager of SuperSport was quoted as saying, "I'm not sure what SuperSport did wrong. We are in the business of producing good television. "We reflected what occurred and there was a genuine storyline there. It sounds like good television to me."

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