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Naseeruddin Shah Calling Virat Kohli 'World's Worst Behaved Player' Hasn't Gone Down Well With Fans

'His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners,' the actor wrote in a Facebook post.


Updated:December 18, 2018, 2:50 PM IST

Indian Team captain Virat Kohli's run with the bat may be at an all-time high but his brushes with controversy are what usually make headlines.

The Test against Australia in Perth isn't helping the skipper much as he was involved in a verbal spat with Aussie captain Tim Paine, so much so that, the on-field umpires had to intervene and take control.

Despite a glorious ton to his name in the first innings, Kohli has received backlash from fans in both the cricketing nations on how he has been conducting himself on the field recently.

Slamming this and making a reference to his 'move out of India' remark that had the social media up in arms recently, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah called Kohli world's 'worst behaved player' while also calling him world's best batsman in a Facebook post on Monday.

He added that Kohli's cricketing brilliance 'pales beside his arrogance and bad manners'.

Taking to his Facebook account, the actor wrote, "Virat K is not only the worlds best batsman but also the worlds worst behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners.. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way"

Actor's remark did not sit well with the Kohli fans and they were vocal about it.

"I would like to disagree with you in this issue. Virat's aggression, his 'bad behavior' and his extraordinary skill set as a cricketer come as a package. They are intricately interwoven. You cannot separate these from one's psyche which is a complex entity altogether. As far as I have watched him, he's seldom initiated any verbal spat, but has paid back, albeit with interest, to any insult hurled at him or his team. His behavior outside the field is also humble and constructive," wrote one.

"Sir ! everything is justified if you can perform like this and since he is in australia he needs to be aggressive and should treat them in their language . I am from Pakistan but Kohli deserves all the respect — He is a LEGEND (sic)"

"Loved the way Kohli is sledging these Australian players. India returning the favor back to Australians after decades. He reminds me of Ponting on the field. Full of aggregation & passion for the game."

However, there were many who defended the actor's post.

"Thanks for being vocal about this. Negating his batting brilliance with some very disgraceful acts. This is what separates real champions like Bradman, Lara, Tendulkar and not to forget Kumble."

"I agree with you Sir Naseeruddin Shah. We don’t need someone permission to live in our India ..If we don’t like him / her personally."

Last month, Kohli had launched his own app on his birthday. In one of the videos released, Kohli was reacting to mean tweets or comments on his social media handles.

One of the of the comments, which came on Instagram, read, “Over-rated batsman. Personally, I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”

After reading the comment, Kohli responded, “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.”

The captain was also criticised for showing up in shorts for a warm-up match toss last month which did not go down with enthusiasts of the gentleman's game.

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