Kohli asks fan to ‘leave In­dia’, so­cial me­dia slams cap­tain

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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.

Ac­cord­ing to a BCCI of­fi­cial, Vi­rat may have vi­o­lated cen­tral con­tract af­ter con­tro­ver­sial re­mark

In a video mes­sage, Vi­rat Kohli told a fan to leave In­dia if he did not like na­tional crick­eters.

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