Mumbai :- Indian Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli triggered controversy after his ‘leave India’ comment. A video footage on social media showed Kohli responding to a negative comment on his batting by saying that “if you like other countries, then you should not live in India.”
Kohli recorded the video as part of the promotions for his newly launched app, called the Official App, in New Delhi. It was released on his 30th birthday on Monday.
In a section where he reacted to negative tweet that said, “Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.” In response, Kohli said, “OK, 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?.
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“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 added.
Kohli’s harsh response has seen him being heavily trolled by Twitterati, with many criticizing the skipper for his “attitude,” and “arrogance.” Most social media users questioned the runmachine for his ‘hypocrisy’ considering that he endorses multiple foreign brands.
The ace cricketer was also reminded of his statement during the U-19 World Cup in 2008, wherein he said that his favourite cricketer was former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs.
Speaking on the controvercial statement of Kohli, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary said, “We, at the BCCI value our cricket fans and respect them and their choices. I loved to watch bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. I loved watching Sachin, Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sourav (Ganguly), VVS (Laxman), Rahul (Dravid) bat but also loved Mark Waugh, and so many others. Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Anil (Kumble) was bowling.
“I think this has to do with respecting cricketing excellence without any thoughts about geographical or political boundaries. I love India, and would very much stay here and like other fans, will continue to support our team and will also appreciate good performers of other teams,” he added.
On work front, Kohli has been sent on a break from T20I series against the West Indies.