Inspired by the movie ‘PK’, the Australian cricketers have decided to place stickers of Bollywood actress and Virat Kohli’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma on their cheeks to cheer up the dashing Indian batsman.
In ‘PK’, alien Aamir Khan places stickers of Indian Gods to escape the wrath of various priests he annoys in the film. Down Under, it’s Kohli who is fuming and he vented his anger in a press conference. He criticised the hosts for not ‘showing him respect’.
The Indian batsman’s comments severely affected the Australian players, who decided to take the unusual step for the first time. At the centre of Kohli’s ire, Mitchell Johnson will place the biggest posters of Anushka on both his cheeks.
Johnson at the end of day four’s play told the media, “We think Virat is a very dangerous player, and if he is angry, we might end up receiving a volley of abuses from him, if not lose the match. To avoid that, we think this benevolent step is necessary for the rest of the series.”
Johnson also revealed that they tried another trick of ‘PK’ movie director Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. They went into the dressing room and handed a bouquet of roses with a ‘lots of love and respect’ greeting card on it. To their dismay, Virat, smartly, handed the same to Anushka later that night. According to Johnson, it was Virat’s best stroke of the day.
Taking a cue from the Australian cricketers, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan too decided to follow suit. Dhawan in fact decided to place Anushka’s sticker on his head too to avoid Kohli’s fury with whom he supposedly had a fight in the dressing room during the last Test match.