“I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all,” Kohli tweeted Thursday evening.
NEW DELHI — Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, being trolled on social media for a controversial remark to a fan, has clarified that whatever he said was in reaction to the phrase “these Indians” mentioned in the comment of a fan. “I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys…”, tweeted Kohli a short while ago.
“I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! 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,” Kohli said.
I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! 😁
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. ✌😊
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2018
Kohli had reportedly asked a fan to leave the country if he does not like Indian cricketers.
In a video that Kohli posted on his app, he first read out a fan’s post about his batting: “Overrated batsman. I have seen nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than this Indian,” says a report in The Indian Express.
Though a bit smiling, Kohli responded to the fan’s comment in the words that are least humorous.
Kohli said: “Okay. I don’t think that you should live in India then. You should go live somewhere else, then. 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 liking other things. Get your priorities right.”
His response put the social media on fire with huge number of people including his fans not endorsing his views, rather strongly criticizing him. Some even dug out Kohli’s own past comments praising sportspersons of other countries.
A fan posted a short video from the 2008 U-19 World Cup that Kohli captained. In the video, Kohli is heard and seen saying “My favourite batsman is Herschelle Gibbs”.
Gibbs was the attacking opening batsman of South Africa then.
Another fan flashed Kohli’s Jan 2016 tweet in which he had said: “Congratulations @AngeliqueKerber for winning the Australian open. Officially my favourite womens tennis player. What a fighter.”
By flashing Kohli’s praising words for foreign sportspersons, his fans wanted to mirror him.