Virat Kohli told a cricket fan to leave India if he likes English and Australian cricketers more than Indian players, the Times of India reported.
The drama unfolded during the video recording of the launch of his mobile phone application.
“He [Virat] is an overrated batsman,” the fan wrote. “Nothing seems special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”
This statement did not sit well with the energetic Indian cricketer who told the fan 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?” he replied.
The Indian cricketer said that he didn’t mind the fan not liking him but he didn’t like it when people live in one country and like things from other countries.
Kohli’s rant went viral on social media.
No, it isn’t. Hes being sarcastic. Kohli made a stupid statement asking a family to leave India, just because he found him overrated and liked players from other countries.
— Sriram Gopalkrishnan (@sriramgop) November 8, 2018
@imVkohli #bigmouth #kohli why this arrogant attitude have you won india a t20wc, a ICC world cup, a champion trophy or atleast a test series abroad, Nothing your score is zero. All hundreds on a flatbed n in meaningless bilateral series, @RaviShastriOfc #timetochangecap #Rohit
— dinesh jain (@djhere25) November 8, 2018
When u have bad governance/mismanagement in the name of BCCI, run by worthless jokers,the outcome is inevitable! Having spineless people like MSK,Devang, Sarandeep,Saba, #CoA gives license to filthy people like Kohli to think/act/talk the way they want to and wield the stick!
— Saumen Ghosh (@shomu_73) November 8, 2018
@imVkohli dear kohli he said just he enjoys aus and eng batsmen than Indian cricketers “not India , just Indian cricketers” India means not only ur 11 members.
Moreover we understand ur respect on Indian cricket when u remove kumble as coach#thinkbig
— abhilash narra (@abhilashnarra) November 8, 2018
Kohli scored 453 runs in the recently concluded one day international series against West Indies. He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar to become the quickest batsman to surpass 10,000 runs in the 50 overs format.