Indian skipper Virat Kohli had to clarify the words he used while responding a mean comment by a cricket fan which is now a national issue.
Kohli had asked him and other Indians who support cricketers from different nations and degrade players of their own country to leave India. However, he later cleared it on Twitter that it was just 'trolling' which should have been taken lightly. But the damage was already done when he came out to explain his words.
Former Indian cricketer and now a cricket pundit, Aakash Chopra showed his surprise to Virat's comment. He supported Kohli but feels the 30-year-old should not have responded in that manner.
"I don't think this is what Virat Kohli is or this is what he actually thinks. In the last 18-24 months, we have seen a lot of maturity with regard to how he speaks, what he actually portrays in the public domain...in all the post-match interviews he's someone who's is not happy to take credit himself. But he's happy to be very, very modest and humble.
"It does surprise me. What he has said is something, yes, disappointing, unacceptable but then freedom of expression allows us to say what we want and I also feel social media at times gets the worst out of us. He was trying to address a mean tweet perhaps he had gone through a multiple mean tweets before reacting or choosing to react to one...he could have done better. When he'll look back at it, I don't think he'll really be proud of what he said," Chopra told India Today.
It was Indian captain's 30th birthday (November 5) when he launched his mobile app and had a segment for fans where he was himself responding to fans. To make it more fun, he picked only mean comments on social media but as we know Kohli likes to play with aggression more than wits, it was clearly visible in his replies.
"Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians," the comment read. On which Kohli replied, "Okay, I don't think you should live in India then...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."
I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! ????— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2018
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. ✌????