Kohli asks fan to ‘leave India’, social media slams captain
VIRAT Kohli has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his “I don’t think you should live in India” response to an enthusiast who called the skipper overrated while expressing his admiration for English and Australian batsmen.
In a video that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons and available on his newly released app, Kohli was reading tweets and Instagram messages before coming across an user, who said the Indian mainstay has nothing special in his batting.
“Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the cricket enthusiast's tweet. Far from being pleased with the fan’s observation, Kohli responded, “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”
Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. His remarks did not go down well with the Twitterati who trolled him for making what they felt were unsavoury comments.
Following criticism, Kohli later on Thursday tweeted that he is “all for freedom of choice”.
“I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all,” said Kohli.
Meanwhile, Indian film actor Siddharth came down heavily on Indian cricket team captain.
“If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an #India #captain!” Siddharth tweeted.
Cricket fans on social media have now managed to dig out a two-year-old tweet of Virat Kohli and have begun targetting him based on his own words.
The tweet that dates back to January 30, 2016 had Kohli congratulating women’s tennis player Angelique Kerber upon winning the Australian Open. What has given the trolls a reason to pick on is the fact that Kohli said Kerber was his “favourite women’s tennis player”. People begun commenting on Kohli’s tweet, asking him to go to Germany as by his own logic his favourite player is not Sania Mirza but Angelique Kerber.
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In a video message, Virat Kohli told a fan to leave India if he did not like national cricketers.