India’s Virat Kohli found himself caught in a media frenzy over a video where he bashed a fan for saying that he likes English and Australian batsmen more than the current Indian batsmen. The cricketer said in a video that anyone who does not like Indian batsmen should batsmen should leave the country. According to a Times of India report, Kohli’s remark did not go down well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
“We, at the BCCI value our cricket fans and respect them and their choices. I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. I loved watching Sachin, Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sourav (Ganguly), VVS (Laxman), Rahul (Dravid) bat but also loved Mark Waugh, Brian Lara and so many others,” BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Anil (Kumble) was bowling. Kapil Dev on song was a delight to watch as were (Richard) Hadlee, (Ian) Botham and Imran (Khan),” he added.
“I think this has to do with respecting cricketing excellence without any thoughts about geographical or political boundaries,” he continued.
Another unnamed BCCI official was more judgmental in his tone, saying that the cricketer ‘may have violated his contract with those remarks.’
While Kohli the batsman is breaking one record after another, a Times of India opinion piece asked if Kohli the man was losing perspective.
“It’s clear lack of understanding and immaturity on his part that makes the swashbuckler believe that every Indian has to be a fan of the Indian Cricket team,” the article opined.
Famous cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle posted on twitter after Kohli's remark and he was of the opinion that Kohli was in a bubble where he was comfortable.