Bhogle reacts to latest Kohli-controversy

Virat Kohli, the poster boy of world cricket at the moment, is embroiled in controversy after asking a fan to ‘leave India’ who said he preferred English and Australian batsmen to Indian players.

Bhogle reatcs to latest Kohli-controversy
Bhogle criticised Kohli over the latter’s angry reaction to a fan.

In a video that was recorded during the launch of his mobile app on Monday, Kohli is seen reading out a message from a cricket fan who described him as an “over rated batsman”. He also said he enjoyed watching batsmen from English and Australian teams rather than the current Indian team.

“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,” Kohli said in his response. He added that the fan should get his “priorities straight”.

Since the video went viral, Kohli has found himself in a bit of a spot, as he is being heavily criticized for his remark. And now Harsha Bhogle, a prominent cricket commentator and journalist, also weighed in on the controversy.

Bhogle criticised Kohli over the latter’s angry reaction to the fan, as he took to the microblogging site Twitter to express his personal view.

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,” tweeted Bhogle.

“That is also why contrary opinions are frowned upon. Power and fame tend to attract those people who agree with you and reinforce your opinion because they benefit from proximity to fame and power,” he said in another tweet.

This is not the first time Bhogle is criticizing the Indian team or one of its players. In 2016, he heavily criticized India’s performance during the ICC World T20 at home, and as a result, he was slammed by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and then-India captain MS Dhoni, and was temporarily ousted from commentating before being brought in once again a few months later.

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