Nationalism and patriotism are often misunderstood words and are used interchangeably. And, looks like Indian Captain too got lost in translation, off the pitch. In what seemed to look like Cricket Patriotism, Virat Kohli’s remarks to a fan were uncalled for. A fan on Instagram said to Kohli that he is an “Over-rated batsman. Personally, I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”
Replying to this, Kohli said: “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.” This reply from the Indian Captain has not gone down well either with his fans or other citizens. Social media erupted with criticism over Kohli’s reply.
Some of the people have pointed fingers at Kohli’s love for a destination wedding in Italy and why he should leave India while some said to focus on his endorsements that giving free advice to Indians. One tweet hit out blatantly at Kohli saying: “You have to be a fan of everything Indian, otherwise you don’t belong here – it’s the favourite punchline of the system that loves to pat itself on the back and when Kohli becomes party to it, it only adds a sense of gloom.”
Earlier too, Kohli has made such senseless remarks and drew ire of several people. Soon after demonetisation when the country was struggling with cash, he said: “I was actually going to pay my hotel bill in Rajkot and I was taking out old money but I forgot it’s of no use anymore. I could have actually signed on it and given it to people. It’s that useless now,” he said, showing a whiff of arrogance and disrespect towards how his fans idolise him.
Kohli responses show that he cannot opposing voices and gets offended for no reason. May be, the Indian Captain, all of age 30, should learn to develop a thick-skin for his own survival!