Former India cricketer Mohammaed Kaif has jumped to Virat Kohli’s defence on the latter’s ‘Leave India’ comments for fans who admired foreign cricketers. Kaif took to Twitter to write, “The unfair targeting of Kohli just shows how statements are twisted according to whatever suits the agenda of people. He has publicly in the past admired sportsman from across the globe & his statement clearly was in a certain context.But mischievous targeting is a norm for a few.”
His defence was in sharp contrast with an incredibly harsh criticism that Kohli faced for his despicable comments from known commentator Harsha Bhogle. Harsha Bhogle wrote, “Virat Kohli’s statement is a reflection of the bubble that most famous people either slip into or are forced into. The voices within it are frequently those that they wish to hear. It is a comfortable bubble and that is why famous people must try hard to prevent it from forming.”
News agency ANI reported that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which runs the BCCI had also taken serious note of Kohli’s comments and was reportedly looking into the matter.
Kohli, for his part, broke his silence on the controversy on Thursday and wrote, “I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! 😁I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. 🙏 Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all.”
Earlier this week, a video of Kohli chiding one of his fans for not liking Indian batsmen and calling him an overrated player had gone viral. While responding to that fan, Kohli had said, “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? I don’t mind you not liking me. I don’t you should live in our country and like other’s thing. Get your priorities sorted.”