Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya dropped in for a charity event organised by Virat Kohli's foundation in London; and to stay out of any controversy Team India maintained a safe distance, mostly by avoiding him.
Mallya also tweeted today saying, "Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the IND v PAK match at Edgbaston. I intend to attend all games to cheer the India team", Mallya wrote on Twitter.
So much so, that his healthy diet plan has now been regulated by the BCCI and the Indian cricket team.
Others who follow could be heads or reps of Indian nationalised banks, the chairman of the Tea Board, the local manager of Air India and government officials who may not be aware of a political faux pas waiting in the wings and could be snapped talking to a "wanted" person.
The Liquor baron was caught on cameras quite a number of times on TV and social media had buzz over the pictures of Mallya watching the match yesterday.
Why not? It was a function directly connected to Virat Kohli and security could have easily requested Mallya to recuse himself since his presence was a hindrance.
Mallya has said that he plans to attend all future matches that India would play and cheer team India. Kohli who is carrying the baton of fitness in the Indian team decided against extending his contract due to his fitness regime. "Its commitment to bring an end to slavery is vital and inspirational and so close to my heart", Kohli was quoted on the Justice and Care charity event page.
"His presence creates a very uncomfortable situation for the cricketers", said a source. He was later arrested by the Scotland Yard in London and produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court where he was granted conditional bail pending deposit of £650,000 (about Rs 5 crore) prior to his release from custody.