New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli sparked controversy over commenting on a “fan to leave India” if he does not like Indian batsmen.
A cricket fan too to Twitter saying, “Overrated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”
In a reaction to the tweet, Kohli replied saying “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”
— H (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018
Following the controversy, Rang De Basanti star Siddharth criticised Kohli saying “If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in the future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an India 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! https://t.co/jVsoGAESuM
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) November 8, 2018
Former Indian cricketer and Member of Parliament Kirti Azad said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is too big to get into controversies. The Parliamentarian said, “Virat Kohli is too big to be bothered about opinions, he is an asset to the country and he should avoid getting into such controversies.”
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Cabinet Minister, Subramanian Swamy in support of the Indian captain said, “What is wrong if Virat Kohli tells a questioner (who tells him that he enjoys watching foreign cricketers more that Indian cricketers) that he should migrate abroad? Both have freedom of speech. But media is slamming Virat Kohli only”.
What is wrong if Virat Kohli tells a questioner (who tells him that he enjoys watching foreign cricketers more that Indian cricketers) that he should migrate abroad? Both have freedom of speech. But media is slamming Virat Kohli only
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 8, 2018
Since people have started commenting on Kohli’s reaction, a Twitter user replied to Swamy’s tweet and wrote, “Virat Kohli wears PUMA endorses Swiss watches, marries in Italy and teaches us lessons of enjoying domestic particulars. He’s slammed for his hypocrisy.” The reply was later deleted.
Several other Twitter users replied to Swamy’s tweet supporting the social media slamming of Virat.
In the era of Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, I used to admire Viv Richards style and elegance of batting and @ImranKhanPTI style and elegance of bowling. But that doesn't make me less of a patriot. I am and will always be a die hard Indian. Managing success is even more difficult.
— Avijit Banerjee (@Avijit3k2) November 8, 2018
Media and India is right in slamming @imVkohli because he is a role model to a whole new generation who is going to take this nation forward. Such stupid utterance from him can't be tolerated by any progressive nation. That is the difference Mr Swamy.
— Rakesh Dhar (@rakeshdhar) November 8, 2018
Kohli has often cited Herschelle Gibbs as his favorite cricketer.
The point is different.
Kohli interpreted the fan's tweet as being hateful toward India, on the whole, ("more than these Indian") which prompted the reaction
— Vidyasagar Ayyappan (@viidyasagar) November 8, 2018
Here’s how Twitterati slammed Kohli:
You can take a man out of Delhi but you can never take Delhi out of the man.
This was long time coming, though. 😂😂 https://t.co/xArvZ9DMe3
— Saniyan Nadal Fan (@kothubarotta) November 7, 2018
This is different form of 'Go to Pakistan' type message. https://t.co/nCLMhXTA9n
— شمشیر (@shamshir_gaya) November 7, 2018
Isn't Kohli a Federer fan?
He should leave India for liking Federer over Yuki or Saketh or Ram. https://t.co/GZPn34uA1R
— Mihir (@_buggywhip) November 7, 2018