Kohli has nothing to take pride from ‘leave India’ remark: Chopra
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has joined the long list of critics to voice his opinion against Virat Kohli’s controversial ‘leave India’ remark to a fan.
The incident took place while Kohli was launching official app on his 30th birthday last Monday, when he read out a comment where one of his fans called him “over-rated”.
The fan, in his tweet, expressed his opinion that Kohli is an overrated batsman who has nothing special in him, and he enjoys watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.
The tweet did not go well with India skipper Kohli, who said the fan should not live in India, and he should go and live somewhere else, if he really lives in India and loves other countries. Kohli asked the fan to leave India, or else he suggested him to get his priorities right.
Chopra was quite surprised with the way Kohli responded to the tweet, as he thought the Delhi batsman has matured a lot over the last 18 to 24 months.
“I don’t think this is what Virat Kohli is or this is what he actually thinks. In the last 18-24 months we have seen a lot of maturity with regard to how he speaks, what he actually portrays in the public domain…in all the post match interviews he’s someone who’s is not happy to take credit himself. But he’s happy to be very, very modest and humble,” Chopra said on Friday.
“It does surprise me. What he has said is something, yes, disappointing, unacceptable but then freedom of expression allows us to say what we want and I also feel social media at times gets the worst out of us,” he added.
Chopra also went on to say that Kohli said something that he will not take pride from in future, “He was trying to address a mean tweet perhaps he had gone through a multiple mean tweets before reacting or choosing to react to one…he could have done better. When he’ll look back at it, I don’t think he’ll really be proud of what he said.”
Kohli is rested for India’s ongoing three-match T20I series against West Indies, but he will be back to his regular business as the captain of Team India when they embark on a long tour to Australia featuring three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs.