He’s a great player, it’s time to try be a great human being: BCCI official slams Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli’s comments about saying a fan to ‘leave India’ has gone viral and now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have expressed their disappointment over Kohli’s comments.


On Kohli’s recently-launched app, fans sent him messages through Instagram and Twitter and from there it all started. A fan sent a message saying “Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”

This comment triggered the Indian captain and he replied “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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Kohli’s comments have disappointed many fans including the BCCI. Anirudh Chaudhary, who is the BCCI treasurer feels cricket should not be related with geographical or political boundaries.

“We, at the BCCI value our cricket fans and respect them and their choices. I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. I loved watching Sachin, Viru, Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Dravid bat, but also loved Mark Waugh, Brian Lara and so many others.”

“Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Kumble was bowling. Kapil Dev on song was a delight to watch as were (Richard) Hadlee, (Ian) Botham and Imran (Khan). I think this has to do with respecting cricketing excellence without any thoughts about geographical or political boundaries.”

Meanwhile, an undisclosed BCCI official said:

“Virat needs to understand that if the fans go away to other countries, then no Puma etc. will want to sign him for ₹100 crores. The BCCI’s revenue will fall, and consequently the players’ fees. If he checks his contract, he may find that he may have violated his contract with this statement. Just like he violated BCCI’s contract with Nike when travelling to England to support Puma. He should walk the talk and support the BCCI’s partners rather than focusing on private endorsements. He is a great player and it’s time to try and be a great human being.”

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