Suryakumar Yadav found himself on the wrong side of the Internet recently after the Mumbai Indians star batsman reportedly "liked" a fan-made meme-tweet that praised MI captain Rohit Sharma while calling Virat Kohli a paper captain indirectly.
Yadav was quick to undo the "liking" bit but it was too late. Twitterati screenshotted the apparent goof-up by Yadav and trolled the cricketer mercilessly. Sharing the screenshot of the incident, many reminded the talented player about the Australia tour snub and that "actions" like these would prevent him from making to the Team India's playing XI.
While Yadav did not pay heed to the online trolling, the MI batsman did respond to a video tweeted by Virat Kohli ahead of the Australian series. The 20-second video shared on Tuesday by the Indian captain showed Kohli honing his skills against fast bowlers and spinners.
“Love test cricket practice sessions,” Kohli captioned the video.
Responding to the video, Yadav wrote: "Energy 🔥 Sound 🔥 can’t wait to watch Domination 🔥#theBrand".
Was Yadav trying to diffuse the situation? Kohli fans believed so and the trolling continued.
You dont need to go the KL Rahul way of flattery Surya. You are much better of without it.— Pankaj Khanna (@iPankajKhanna) November 17, 2020
I think Rohit Sharma stolen his mobile and liked that troll tweet.Forgive him guys 🙏— 💥 DhRUV 💥 ViKrAm 💥 🇱🇷🇬🇧🇦🇺 (@Bosskeyisback) November 17, 2020
There were, however, many fans who backed Kumar.
We will see you in Indian Team soon 🇮🇳Surya is a die-hard fan of Virat Kohli & has always considered him as his idol. In flow of game, Kohli did give a stare at SKY (not sure if it was sledging); but SKY too was bold enough to not get intimidated by it. I liked that. 🔥— Sohom 💫🏏🎞️ (@mastiyaapa) November 17, 2020
Earlier, Kumar had grabbed headlines with his stunning batting display in the recently-concluded IPL 2020 season. With impressive knocks one after another, cricket fans were on the side of Yadav when the MI batter stood with a deadpan expression on his face staring at RCB's Kohli. Both players kept looking at each other before Yadav walked away.