Virat Kohli says he is “paranoid about his privacy” after a stranger filmed inside his hotel room in Perth.
The 33-year-old took to social media to slam the actions of the invader, who took video footage of the batsman’s belongings at the Crown Perth as India prepared for the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this month.
“I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that,” Kohli wrote to his 221-million followers on Instagram. “But this video here is appalling and it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy.”
The hotel said it had launched an investigation and a contractor had been “stood down”.
“If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all??” said Kohli.
“I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment.”
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Kohli has been in blazing form with two match-winning unbeaten half-centuries at the tournament but fell for 12 in his team’s loss to South Africa in Perth on Sunday.
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