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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.


Updated:November 30, 2018, 12:02 PM IST
Virat Kohli Upsets Cricket Fans After Showing Up in Shorts for Warm-Up Match Toss
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.

Many others, however, came to the captain's defense.

Some dug up old photos to point out the hypocrisy in the outrage.

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.”

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