- Viral video showed Indian cricket captain reading out a cricket fan's comment, who prefers English and Australian batsmen instead of Indian.
- He responded: “I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else."
- Tweeps criticised the cricketer for hate-mongering.
Dubai: Indian skipper Virat Kohli is facing the heat on social media after a video went viral, in which he asks a cricket lover to leave India if he doesn’t enjoy watching Indian batsmen.
In the video, Kohli reads out the comment, which says Kohli is overrated, adding: “I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indian.”
Kohli promptly rebukes the cricket lover and asks him to leave the country: “I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. 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.”
The video quickly went viral, with tweeps shaming the Indian captain for hate-mongering.
@AnnuJal wrote: “This doesn’t make me like you one bit @imVkohli. Stop being a BJP spokesperson and focus on your game. In other words, shut up and go play!”
Other social media users shared a clip from the U-19 World Cup in 2008, in which Kohli can be seen saying that his favourite cricketer is the South African Herschelle Gibbs. Kohli was the captain of the Under-19 team that won the cup.
A fan of Kohli from Pakistan, @UrslanH, tweeted: “So sorry to hear this, I always loved @imVkohli as I felt he is a wonderful sportsman and a super fit person, seems Kohli still has to go a long way to become human being. Why does he want people to leave #India for having a personal liking or preference? May be Hindutva mindset catching up!”
Others pointed to the hypocrisy of criticising people for enjoying anything that is not from India.
@Kens103 summarised the apparent love of non-Indian things in Kohli’s life, writing: “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 these words now?”
The two were served a legal notice in June by the person filmed, with the person demanding an apology.