Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday sparked a controversy after he asked a fan to leave India.
Virat Kohli, who has been rested from the ongoing three-match T20I series against West Indies, has found himself in a bit of a sticky spot after a video of him saying that Indians who don’t support the national cricket team should not live in the country has gone viral on the internet.
The video that is doing rounds of the Internet was recorded by the 30-year-old Indian captain as part of the promotions for his newly launched app, Virat Kohli Official App. The application was launched on Virat Kohli’s 30th birthday on Monday.
The right-handed batsman was responding to mean Tweets by cricket fans. In a Tweet when a fan said he likes English and Australian batsmen, Virat Kohli responded by saying that they should not live in India. Virat further asked them to get their priorities straight for “loving other countries”.
“Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Virat Kohli read out the fans tweet.
— H (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018
He is asking Indian Aussie fans to leave India 😂😂😂
— Mohammed Ibrahim (@iBM1105) November 6, 2018
Probably Asking the ones who live in India and support other teams to leave this country
— Abhay (@ImAbhay3) November 6, 2018
For people who say “I don’t like Indian players and I love English/ Australians players” coz they think this would sound cool, this is a spot on reply for them.Why diss Indian players?It’s not easy to get selected in National team.They work really hard. Why bad mouth them?#Kohli
— Gunjan (@Gunjanwitty) November 6, 2018
Married in a foreign country
Supports foreign countries in other sports
Plays a sport originating from a foreign country instead of playing kabaddi
Talks in a foreign language many times
Wears foreign dresses
Is he in his right mind speaking those words now?
— Naresh Khuraijam (@Kens103) November 6, 2018
Befitting reply from @imVkohli 👍
You may like or dislike any cricketers but it doesn’t mean that you bang bullshits and started disrespecting our own cricketers
— Satish Kumar Shaw (@SatishShaw31) November 6, 2018
Lol. Guy takes offense so easily. With that being the case he shouldn’t be doing ‘mean tweets’ at all. 😂
— Denz Mart (@MadMart05) November 6, 2018
Just In : Yes, I can like & endorse International brands coz I am getting money for it. Are you getting money to like Australian & English cricketer ? No. Then stop endorsing them and start praising the Indian talent, else no need to celebrate my centuries also.
– Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/lamr0YoGWT
— TIMES HOW (@TiimesHow) November 7, 2018
FFS! Everybody in India wants to be worshipped blindly. Virat Kohli wants Indian fans who don’t support him to move out of India. What else to expect from someone who regularly endorses Modi. pic.twitter.com/49AlEpItWo
— Saif (@isaifpatel) November 7, 2018
In response, Virat said, “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.”
Virat Kohli’s response has not gone down well with many on social media as fans took to micro-blogging site Twitter to slam Indian skipper for his comment.