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Leave India If You Prefer Cricketers From Other Countries: Virat Kohli

"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."

New Delhi: Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, told a person – on video – not to live in India if he or she prefers foreign cricketers to Indian ones. The video was released on Kohli’s own app, and showed him responding to Twitter and Instagram comments made about him.

One person had said that Kohli is overrated and that it is more enjoyable to watch batsmen from Australia and England. For the Indian skipper, the response to this was to say that those who have choices like this should not be living in India. “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.”

Unsurprisingly, Kohli’s response has invoked both ridicule and anger, with fans and others saying that his answer was not sportsmen-like.

 

In his response to the social media onslaught, Kohli has said that he is “all for freedom of choice” and was only responding to one part of the comment.

Note: An earlier version of this article misquoted Kohli’s response to the trolling. That has been removed.

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