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Kohli reacts after social media backlash


New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS): Having faced the wrath of social media users for a couple of days after publicly lashing out at a fan, India skipper Virat Kohli tried to tone down the issue somewhat on Thursday, saying he is "all for freedom of choice".

"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 in a message on his official Twitter handle.

Earlier, the India skipper was trolled on social media after he asked a fan to leave the country if he did not like to watch Indian cricketers in action.

Kohli, who launched the 'Virat Kohli Official App' on his 30th birthday on Monday, faced the backlash after his reaction to a fan, who confessed his preference for English and Australian cricketers over Kohli's blue brigade.

"He (Virat) is an overrated batsman. Nothing seems special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians," the fan wrote.

Kohli admitted that he was not personally affected by the criticism but pointed out that if someone does not like Indian players while living in India then they should not be living in the country.

"I don't think you should live in India. Go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me. I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right," Kohli replied.

The right-hander, who struck three consecutive centuries in the just-concluded five-match ODI rubber against the West Indies, has surpassed batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to become the quickest to reach 10k One-day International (ODI) runs.


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  • krishna godse, blr

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    kohli married in foreign

    honeymoon in foreign

    his fav country is italy

    his fav food is italian pasta

    his cloths sunglass and shoes all from foreign brands

    his fav cricketer is herselle gibbs

    just throw this anti national out of india

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    KUCH INSAAN PAISA, SHOHARAT AANE KE BAAD APNI JADEN (ROOTS) BHOOL JATE HAIN.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    Going by his current form, the Indian captain is on course to smash every cricketing record in the book. But, the dangerous path he has chosen to tread on will never accord him the greatness, enjoyed by his predecessors namely Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. For, national icons ought to remain inclusive, not divisive.

    Kohli can learn a thing or two from Arsenal’s Turkish descent German footballer, Mesut Ozil, who only today showed how being a sporting icon was a privilege and not a tool to cause further friction in society. Ozil, a devout Muslim did not have to prove his tolerance towards other religious festivals. But, not only did he record a special message for Indian fans on the occasion of Diwali, but he also wrote a personal message in pure Hindi. To make it more special, he ended his Diwali greetings by posting the national flag of India. That’s how you lead by example and not by fake grandstanding.

    Not too long ago, Virat Kohli was desperately seeking glory at the cost of an ordinary citizen, who had allegedly littered a Mumbai road with a candy wrapper. He had posted a video of his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma giving a public dressing down to the man in question. This was seemingly in a bid to earn plaudits that he cared for PM Modi’s Clean India campaign. My advice to Kohli in light of the fresh controversy is that before you give sermons to others on keeping India clean, it’s important that you take urgent steps to clean the filth from your mind.

    His Diwali wishes are unacceptable unless there is no unconditional apology. I request the foreign brands to discontinue his advertisement contract or wait for the wrath of Indians.

    Your loss to team India is negligible with the new talents emerging from India.
    Jai Hind

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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    Exactly what I mentioned in my comment...these Indians word will hurt any true indian

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Kohli screwed up himself during his own arrogant attitude.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Kohli looks pressurised and replied but kohlI can not compare with Rahul dravid remains mine favourite player humble and down to earth with proved simplicity.

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    What kind of a cricketer is he, if he cannot apologise for a mistake committed. This is what happens when success goes to the head.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Kohli, what you said should be gone and forgotten. What he trolled on the social media has not only hurt the feelings of his fans but people all over the world. Only solution is to make an apology. It is never too late.

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  • Ma, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Foreign brands must remove kohli promoting add.select any other good player in this.he is not fit for this.

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    I am all for Kholi.
    Jai King Kohli....
    Needless needling ....instead of keeping mum.
    Appreciate others by all means but why berate your own great and fellow Indians ?
    Trying to garner attention in the meanest possible way.
    Jai Kohli ....Down with traitors
    Jai Hind

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...
    Can you tell us, who is traitor. A cricketer appreciating good cricketer irrespective of country, why that has to irritate Virat.

    But still Virat is my favourite batsman in the world and like his cricket captaincy. Hope Virat will learn from his mistake.

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    SIR....
    It has become a fashion to berate our own.
    Please read again and again what that chap has written...
    Over rated ? Who is he to rate?'Any.authority ???
    What does he mean by "all these"indians ??
    Appreciate any player.For me too.there are so many favorites....
    Never berate anybody not your own but !
    You know the date of a Pakistani cricket fan who adored Kohli ?
    I take all angles into consideration Sir..

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  • Rohan Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Bhandarkar mamu,
    Who is traitors ? , If you call traitors then majority of Indians who live in England and Australia should pack their luggage and turn their way back to India , Because whenever there's a match between India vs England , Most Indians even after their British citizenship, they raise Indian flag and support Indian team , Imagine if it happens in India ! It happens there because they are not narrow minded or fanatics So you cant point your finger on others when we have plenty of bigotry/ racial people in our Country

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    What we expect form cutting and shaving professional.

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  • Amith, NAGPUR

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    Exactly Mamu, I also love KOLI!!!! My most favourite dish is Koli-Rotti!!!!!
    Jai Koli !!!
    Jai Koli-Rotti!!!!!

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Too little too late. Words to calm down the storm not enough. Unless you apologise your intentions are expressed. With current breed of young talents your loss will be negligible to team India.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Virat Kohli reply is short of an apology. He has clarified everything to save his back. It clear violation of the constitutional rights of an Indian citizen.

    It is time to boycott his endorsed foreign brands till he writes an unconditional apology.

    I would request those foreign brands to discontinue his advertisement and withdraw the contract or face wrath of citizens of India.

    Diwali, is the festival of lights. Your harsh comments are pushing Indians toward darkness.

    We Indians do not want moto mouth Giriraj Singh Indian Cricket. Virat Kohli lack sportsmanship.

    His comments are what in his heart has come out on his mouth.
    Jai Hind

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  • Sunil, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    The person who wrote that tweet against Kohli was a Pakistani citizen...it was understood that he would write against indian cricketers but why kohli got upset is still a mystery.
    Drinking too much avian has diluted his brain.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Kohli should concentrate on his Batting Skills instead of behaving like a Chaddi ...

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