Vijay Mallya's presence at charity ball makes Team India squirm

Vijay Mallya mocks media coverage on his presence in India vs Pak match

The absconding businessman Vijay Mallya on Tuesday used social media as his tool in addressing the media hype by tweeting, "Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the IND v PAK match at Edgbaston".

Mallya had already been photographed watching from the stands as India thumped Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener, challenging those who bristled at the sight of the accused fraudster enjoying a day at the cricket. "I intend to attend all games to cheer the India team", Mallya wrote on Twitter.

A BCCI official is quoted as saying, "The Indian team wasn't comfortable and they maintained a dignified distance from Mallya".

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines allegedly owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India for the United Kingdom in March 2016.

Having a past relationship with Virat and other cricketers as the former owner of the Royal Challengers franchise in the IPL and his present state of grace (or lack of it) with the Indian government, this awkwardness was pure grandstanding. Kohli who is carrying the baton of fitness in the Indian team decided against extending his contract due to his fitness regime.

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Sources told TOI that his presence made the Indian team uncomfortable enough to leave a bit early. But normally what happens at the charity dinner is that someone who has bought a table is entitled to invite his guests.

Mallya has said that he intends to attend all the matches to cheer the India team.

Kohli's charity is set up to help victims and survivors of modern slavery aiming to provide a safe shelter, rehabilitate, guide, and aid with vital medical care, vocational training and schooling for the survivors of human trafficking rescued in India.

The tycoon was arrested by the Scotland Yard on April 19 on an extradition warrant but was granted bail within a few hours.

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