His continued presence at such events is likely to be perceived as a nose-thumping gesture towards Indian authorities, who have filed an extradition request following revelations of alleged unpaid debts worth Rs 9000 crore.
It was claimed that the national cricket team, including the skipper, was seen maintaining a safe distance from the multimillionaire owner of a Formula One team and founder of the Kingfisher beer brand.
A BCCI source present at the event confirmed that Kohli and the Indian team were "uncomfortable" due to Mallya's presence. There was minimal interaction with the fugitive businessman, the former owner of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team, who fled India in March 2016 after defaulting on bank loans with the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. He scored 81 runs off 68 deliveries as India defeated arch-rival Pakistan in their first match on Sunday.
A top BCCI official said that, "Look, Virat or his foundation never invited Mallya at the function".
Absconder Vijay Mallya gate-chrashed Virat Kohli's Charity Ball on Monday in London. From Rohit Sharma to MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan with wife Ayesha Mukherjee, Yuvraj Singh and many cricketers were present at the event. However, that did not prevent the liquor magnate from enjoying the event from the VIP section of the Edgbaston stadium along with a pitch pass. "And nearly everyone, except our captain who was host of the event, left the scene", a senior BCCI official told DNA. Mallya's presence is one of the reason that team left early.
He was also recently arrested by Scotland Yard, but released on bail after having been produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court. The players were very uncomfortable. What's your opinion on the treatment given to him by the Indian team?