Virat Kohli clarifies 'leave India' remark after social media backlash

‘I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else’: Virat Kohli lashes out at fan

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".

Kohli has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow pacers skip the upcoming season of IPL in order to let them remain fresh for the quadrennial global spectacle, starting May 30 in the Old Blighty. The video was released on Kohli's own app, and showed him responding to Twitter and Instagram comments made about him. "I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians", the fan wrote. Then, he read out a message which said - "Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting".

Meanwhile, Kohli is now the No 1 batsman in Tests and ODIs and hence it did not go down well with. 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. Finally, it seems he has a backer in Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who feels there is nothing wrong with Kohli's statement as we live in a country where everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech.

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Following which the Indian captain replied: "Okay, I don't think you should live in India then, you should go and live somewhere else no". He added that the fan should get his "priorities straight".

"Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Anil (Kumble) was bowling".

Team India also suggested that BCCI should compensate the players who would miss the T20 extravagant for the World Cup. India first play a three-match T20I series, which will be followed up with a four-match Test and a three-match ODI series.

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