Virat Kohli Upsets Cricket Fans After Showing Up in Shorts for Warm-Up Match Toss
"Show some respect to the game which gave you everything please and rewind back with this picture in front of you when you ask others to leave country," read one of the comments.
Image credits: BCCI / Twitter
Virat Kohli's run with the bat may be at an all-time high but his brushes with controversy are what usually make the headlines.
After the first day of the four-day warm-up match between India and Cricket Australia XI was washed out by relentless rain in Sydney, the skippers of both the teams came out for the toss on the second day.
What followed next was some quality batting from Team India, with five batsmen going past the half-century mark. Kohli looked to be in a good mood as he piled up 64 runs before giving his wicket away to uncapped Aussie teenager Aaron Hardie.
Viewers back home were enjoying the match when a photograph of skipper Kohli started doing the rounds on social media.
Cricket fans immediately took to Twitter to express their displeasure and criticise Kohli for his "disrespectful act".
What did he do?
The Indian captain was "casually" dressed in shorts during the time of toss, which did not go down with ethusiasts of the gentleman's game.
"No matter @imVkohli is the new age best batsman, he still needs 2 give proper respect to cricket atleast for the sake of opposition team by being respectfully dress up in trousers n ur nations cap, else legacy he will leave behind will be harmful[sic], wrote one user.
Disgraceful and disrespectful... There was time captains used to wear Blazers during toss.... This behavior is absolutely unpardonable....— Prakash (@Prakash1049) November 28, 2018
This @imVkohli bad attitude is showing no any respect for game and their legacy why @bcci @icc @accessonline n other cricket members think about this. Where is #sunilgavaskar who taunted in #Aisacup to Pakistaniplayer for their cap??? What @imVkohli is showing— yhr store (@YhrStore) November 28, 2018
Disrespectful act by @imVkohli wearing shorts during toss— Im@khalidtantray (@KhalidTantray2) November 29, 2018
This is not a gentleman behavior in a gentleman game.@imVkohli you are just disrespecting the Indian culture as u re representing India.— Aman singh (@Amansingh_1988) November 29, 2018
In fact kohli did it in England too. But just coz BCCI posted this today, sabke andar ka "sports critic" jaag utha hai. We make such an issue out of absolutely nothing!! SMH pic.twitter.com/sO3dIZdN2X— Ashish Kaisare (@ashishkaisare) November 29, 2018
No matter @imVkohli is the new age best batsman, he still needs 2 give proper respect to cricket atleast for the sake of opposition team by being respectfully dress up in trousers n ur nations cap, else legacy he will leave behind will be harmful !! @vikrantgupta73 @MadanLal1983— Vimit (@VeeG48) November 29, 2018
Undoubtedly Kohli is “Virat” of Cricket but he should remember that giving respect to others r the culture of Cricket.— Rashid Mirza (@rashumirza) November 30, 2018
@ImViratkohli @imVkohli , you are amazing but it doesn’t mean that you will forget the basics ! Wearing shorts in a toss during a warmup match is completely not acceptable! You still have a long career ahead and I am sure you will break all the records !!! 👍👍👍 #TeamIndia— Sandeep Sarker (@SarkerSandeep) November 29, 2018
Many others, however, came to the captain's defense.
as they say when you becomes successful there will be haters and they will point every silly thing,go get a life people its just a practice match he is more dedicated to cricket compare to you keyboard warriors.#Kingkohli— Ashish (@hashish0077) November 29, 2018
Vk haters not getting proper agenda to troll Kohli becoz his performance is getting better ND better so they are trying to Target his personal life now on his pants grow up poor mentality indians— im@bigredmonster (@Mypathischosen) November 29, 2018
Come on guys youll being too harsh on kohli.. its just a practice match.. he might be not aware also about him wearing shorts or full pants.. fucking kohli haters... Youll are jealous of him because he is best in the world ❤️— Parth Dhanesha (@18gazerparth) November 29, 2018
Kya farak padta hai he can be however he wants and he can wear what ever he wants unless his performance drops we should not have problem and this was only warm up match so jst chill u haters and love the spirit of game ❤❤#isupport#imVkohli— neelbauva (@neelbauva1) November 29, 2018
What matters is how he and the team plays...not what he wears. The outcome is supreme. Get a life!!!— Hanna (@adu08) November 29, 2018
Some dug up old photos to point out the hypocrisy in the outrage.
Kane Williamson did it against Mumbai when the kiwis toured india. pic.twitter.com/UKdEsI71PA— Ashish Kaisare (@ashishkaisare) November 29, 2018
During the first week of November, Kohli came under fire for comments on his newly launched app, where he stated that Indians who like aspects of other countries should move out.
Kohli had launched his own app on November 5 and in one of the videos released, he reacted 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.”
Virat Kohli "I don't think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries" pic.twitter.com/YbPG97Auyn— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 6, 2018
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