A controversy erupted after a video on social media showed the Indian captain Virat Kohli said that "those who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India". He also said he enjoyed watching batsmen from English and Australian teams rather than the current Indian team, who the fan referred to as "these Indians".
"He [Virat] is an overrated batsman", the fan wrote. He is also the only player in the country who rests from nearly every other tournament the team participates in. Kohli replied saying that they should not live in India and asked them to get their priorities straight for "loving other countries".
Kohli lost his cool after reading the message and slammed the fan for his comment. "Sourav (Ganguly), VVS (Laxman), Rahul (Dravid) bat but also loved Mark Waugh, Brian Lara and so many others", Chaudhary said. As per the reports in Mid-Day, it is learnt that the BCCI brass is not very pleased with Kohli's statement and is looking to summon the skipper for his controversial remark.
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It will be interesting to see how Virat Kohli reacts to Siddharth's tweet.
"I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all". In response to the same, Kohli had advised him to leave the country for not liking the Indian cricketers.
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But then Virat Kohli had defended himself and added that he is all for freedom of choice.
"Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season".
"The voices within it are frequently those that they wish to hear". He is also a strong enough voice in Indian cricket to have affected the sacking of Anil Kumble as the coach of the team past year.
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Writing about Kohli's latest comments, Times of India journalist Dwaipayan Dutta wonders if the cricket captain is "losing perspective" off the field.