Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was in the eye of a storm on social media on Thursday after he suggested a local cricket fan relocate to another country for preferring to watch English or Australian batsmen.
The 30-year-old was reading out tweets when he came across one which described Kohli, currently the top ranked test batsman, as “overrated” and that Australian and English batsmen were more pleasing to watch than “these Indians”.
“I don’t think you should live in India then,” Kohli, who has 27.1 million followers on Twitter, said in a video posted on his new app to sell exclusive merchandise.
“You should go and live somewhere else, you know. 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... Get your priorities right,” he added with a wry smile.
Kohli’s comments evoked sharp reactions as people on social media pulled out a 2008 video, in which Kohli, then captain of the India under-19 team, described South African Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite batsman.
Also resurfaced his 2016 tweet in which he had congratulated Angelique Kerber on her Australian Open victory, declaring the German as his favourite women’s tennis player.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر