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'Trolling isn't for me; keep it light and enjoy festive season': Virat Kohli on controversy over 'leave India' remark

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 09 Nov 2018, 12:15:49 AM
Trolling isn't for me; keep it light and enjoy festive season: Kohli (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Virat Kohli is no stranger to controversy. Be it his on-field aggression or a few sticky posts on social media, the Indian skipper has found himself embroiled in controversies time and again. The latest one took root after he told a person who claimed he doesn't like Indian batsmen "don't live in India". However, from being an 'arrogant' Kohli to an adept cricketer, his incredible journey of becoming the Indian captain has gifted fans a humble Virat Kohli, whom today’s generation wants to emulate.

This time also, the Indian captain took to Twitter and issued a clarification over his "leave the country" remark, saying "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".

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Kohli's clarifications came on the heels of widespread backlash from fans and critics alike, with many pointing out his admiration for foreign brands and non-Indian sportsmen.

The Indian skipper stoked controversy when he read out a cricket enthusiast's comment on his mobile app - "Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians".

Irked, Kohli responded, "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".

Kohli launched his mobile app on the occasion of his 30th birthday on November 5.

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Being touted as one of the destructive batsmen of all time, Kohli is featured in the Forbes magazine’s 2018 list along with 100 highest-paid athletes across the world. His recent success includes a highly successful ODI series against West Indies in which he shot three centuries. During the series, he became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs.

The cricketing game is currently enjoying his time out from the cricket pitch and has taken part in Diwali festivity with his loved ones.

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First Published : 08 Nov 2018, 09:50:29 PM

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