Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Team India encounters Vijay Mallya in London, avoid him

In fact, Mallya's presence forced the Indian team to leave early in order to avoid any controversy, sources said.

The Indian government is attempting to get Mallya extradited from United Kingdom for alleged unpaid debts to the tune of Rs 9000 crore.

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Kohli is captain of the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was once owned by Mallya.

Mallya was also spotted at the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy clash on Sunday. Reportedly, Virat Kohli, BCCI deny inviting Vijay Mallya at the charity event. But normally what happens at the charity dinner is that someone who has bought a table is entitled to invite his guests.

Virat Kohli, in his first ICC tournament as captain, had nearly the ideal start against Pakistan as India romped home to victory by 124 runs in a rain-truncated match on Sunday.

Mallya concedes it was a disappointing race weekend for Force India which promised a lot more and hopes his team can use those positives gained from Monaco to strengthen its charge in Montreal.

"His presence creates a very uncomfortable situation for the cricketers", said a source.

The charity dinner, organized on Monday night to raise funds to better tackle human trafficking, was hosted by commentator Alan Wilkins, who first called up Virat Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar for a chat before inviting Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh for a "town-hall" style interaction. "They can not ask him to leave or turn their back on him if he wants to have a conversation".

According to a BCCI source, due to Mallya's presence, Kohli and the Indian team were "uncomfortable".

Now out on bail, the liquor baron was spotted in VIP stand enjoying the match at Edgbaston.

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