Virat Kohli’s recent comments about asking a fan to ‘leave India’ has apparently not gone down too well with the BCCI. The India captain, who has been rested for the T20I series against a West Indies, embroiled himself in fresh controversy after a video of him went viral on social media. It shows Kohli saying that “those who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India.”
The video, available on Kohli’s recently-launched app, shows him expressing his disapproval after a fan called him an ‘over-rated batsman’ and that he prefers watching English and Australian batsmen instead. After reading the message out loud, Kohli replied: “Ok, I don’t think you should live in India then. You should go and live somewhere else, no?
Kohli’s comments have led to his trolling on social media, but more importantly, it seems to have drawn an adverse reaction from the BCCI bosses, as per a report in the Times of 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 Greenidge, Haynes and Viv Richards. I loved watching Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid bat but also loved Mark Waugh, Brian Lara and so many others.” BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary said.
An undisclosed BCCI official said: “Virat needs to understand that if the fans go away to other countries, then no Puma etc. will want to sign him for ₹100 crores. The BCCI’s revenue will fall, and consequently the players’ fees. If he checks his contract, he may find that he may have violated his contract with this statement.