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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Kohli cops fierce backlash after 'leave India' sledge


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Virat Kohli has had to douse the flames of a social media firestorm after his tongue-in-cheek response to a 'mean tweet' backfired spectacularly.

In an advertisement for a mobile app, Kohli was filmed replying to a fan's harsh critique of the world-famous cricketer.

"Over-rated batsman and personally see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians," the fan said of Kohli.

The Indian skipper did not appear pleased after reading the comment aloud, and immediately hit back with a scathing response.

"Okay, I don’t think that you should live in India then," Kohli said, looking to camera, while sitting on a couch.

"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."

What followed was national outrage as Indian fans took to social media.

Many cricket supporters were quick to call out Kohli's bumbling effort to sledge the fan, sharing video of him naming former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite player. Others shared images of Kohli endorsing German cars and quoted an old tweet of his supporting German tennis star Angelique Kerber. 

https://twitter.com/Shubham4Swaraj/status/1060487453243453442

https://twitter.com/GauravPandhi/status/1060132199197016064

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Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was also disappointed with Kohli's poor attempt at humour.

"Virat Kohli's statement is a reflection of the bubble that most famous people either slip into or are forced into," Bhogle said.

"The voices within it are frequently those that they wish to hear. It is a comfortable bubble and that is why famous people must try hard to prevent it from forming.

"That is also why contrary opinions are frowned upon. Power and fame tend to attract those people who agree with you and reinforce your opinion because they benefit from proximity to fame and power."

Kohli eventually pulled back on his comments and said he was actually "all for freedom of choice" when it comes to which cricketers to support.

"I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled!" he tweeted.

"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."

https://twitter.com/imVkohli/status/1060524240523284480

Virat Kohli has had to douse the flames of a social media firestorm after his tongue-in-cheek response to a 'mean tweet' backfired spectacularly.

In an advertisement for a mobile app, Kohli was filmed replying to a fan's harsh critique of the world-famous cricketer.

"Over-rated batsman and personally see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians," the fan said of Kohli.

The Indian skipper did not appear pleased after reading the comment aloud, and immediately hit back with a scathing response.

"Okay, I don’t think that you should live in India then," Kohli said, looking to camera, while sitting on a couch.

"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."

What followed was national outrage as Indian fans took to social media.

Many cricket supporters were quick to call out Kohli's bumbling effort to sledge the fan, sharing video of him naming former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite player. Others shared images of Kohli endorsing German cars and quoted an old tweet of his supporting German tennis star Angelique Kerber. 

https://twitter.com/Shubham4Swaraj/status/1060487453243453442

https://twitter.com/GauravPandhi/status/1060132199197016064

https://twitter.com/Ravikir65638877/status/1060576496643825664

Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was also disappointed with Kohli's poor attempt at humour.

"Virat Kohli's statement is a reflection of the bubble that most famous people either slip into or are forced into," Bhogle said.

"The voices within it are frequently those that they wish to hear. It is a comfortable bubble and that is why famous people must try hard to prevent it from forming.

"That is also why contrary opinions are frowned upon. Power and fame tend to attract those people who agree with you and reinforce your opinion because they benefit from proximity to fame and power."

Kohli eventually pulled back on his comments and said he was actually "all for freedom of choice" when it comes to which cricketers to support.

"I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled!" he tweeted.

"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."

https://twitter.com/imVkohli/status/1060524240523284480

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