Virat Kohli probably didn’t fathom that his ‘leave India’ remark will become a national issue. Soon after video went viral, the Indian skipper faced backlash on Twitter for his choice of words and how he handled criticism.
The comment was even discussed at the commentary box of Australia vs South Africa 2nd ODI including former cricketers Adam Gilchrist and Isa Guha.
Kohli, however, decided to call it ‘trolling’.
Here’s what he said followed by the tweet on November 8:
“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,”
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
Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag felt that there is an ‘added responsibility’ on players like him.
“He (Kohli) has 27 m followers. How does he read everything that is written? It’s his call on what he’s done but as celebrities, there is an added responsibility on us because, in the end, we respond to fans through social media and not anyone else,” he said in an interview with Times Now