In the past few years, a common retort that has become people while dealing with criticisms about India is “go to X country?”. And it’s applied on everything from politics, social culture, academia, movies, celebrities, you name it.
A more aggressive form of this discourse leads to being labelled as “anti-nationals” or “anti-Indian”. And do you know who else is a fan of taking this approach? Well, the secret’s in the title. It’s none other than the captain of India’s men’s cricket team, Virat Kohli.
In a video that’s recently gone viral, Virat Kohli can be seen responding to fan statements. However, he didn’t like one of them because it was critical of his batting. It said,
“I personally see nothing in his (Virat Kohli) batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indian.”
And this was Virat Kohli’s response to the cricket fan:
“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, but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”
You can watch the video here:
— Zoo Bear (@zoo_bear) November 7, 2018
Twitter was rightfully taken aback by this statement and reminded Virat Kohli about his love for other countries, brands, football teams and sportspeople.
1. Is he a man of his words?
— Joy (@Joydas) November 7, 2018
— नवेन्दु 🙇🏻♂ (@NavenduSingh_) November 7, 2018
3. Seems fair.
— K (@drpiscean) November 7, 2018
4. Cricket is a religion in India but it’s not exactly an Indian game.
How about @imVkohli quitting cricket, the game of the English, and start playing Hockey 🏑 our National game or Kabaddi?
In his own words — "those who prefer English games should not live in India” .. No? "Okay, you should go and live somewhere else, no?"https://t.co/f3Mk8wcqJ2
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) November 7, 2018
5. Somebody’s not mincing their words.
Finally the world is sering Virat Kohli for who he is truly is.- An entitled scumbag.
— Aparna (@FuschiaScribe) November 7, 2018
6. Brace yourselves. Bahanas are coming.
Your words were not misconstrued, your words were not twisted, this is no case of misreporting, so IF at all you're planning to speak about the arrogant remark you made, spare these bahanas, @imVkohli.
And you MUST say goodbye to endorsing foreign brands. And holidays abroad.
— VIVEK (@ivivek_nambiar) November 7, 2018
7. Maybe he learnt something after that.
Don't live in India if you love cricketers from other nations 😳
(however if you are @imVkohli – then you can love & endorse multiple foreign brands / peddle @TISSOT, @PUMA, @Uber to your fans & mint hundreds of crores from them)
Thanks @RunaRebel for pointing another hypocrisy pic.twitter.com/rTN6S6xUVt
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) November 7, 2018
8. Ego acche acchon ki vaat laga deta hai.
Hehe. Not only is @imVkohli an idiot, he's also a hypocrite. Deadly combo. Oh btw, Mr. Patriot, why did you get married in Italy and not India. Is India not good enough for you to get married? 😎 https://t.co/LhHYpS1Goz
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) November 7, 2018
9. Rename Audi to Audeshwar and problem solved!
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) November 7, 2018
10. Good point.
Why is he doing contracts with Puma and not with Sree Leathers.😉
— Sparsh (@Sparshs18) November 7, 2018
11. The man who smiles is deadly serious.
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
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 8, 2018
12. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Dear Virat Kohli, I love Javed Miandad. You please keep your cricket patriotism to yourself. And to your advertisement contracts.
— Basant (@KangriCarrier) November 8, 2018
13. It looked like an iPhone.
Does kohli use an Indian made phone to read those tweets on?
And don't you endorse Audi, Puma and Tissot, @imVkohli?
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) November 7, 2018
14. Do not tempt him.
— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) November 7, 2018
15. Let’s hope Virat brings him to India.
— Aaqib Raza Khan (@aaqibrk) November 8, 2018
16. That’s not fair.
Fan: I enjoy watching Australian batsmen.
Virat Kohli: Don’t live in India if you love batsmen from other countries.
Anushka: Baby, maine likha tha woh.
Kohli: Awww, chalo Australia ghum ke aate hai.
— Jet Lee(Vasooli Bhai) (@Vishj05) November 8, 2018
17. Tit for tat.
Don't live in India if instead of Indian football team you cheer for European league teams like Chelsea. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/jtGq6zv4Y3
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) November 7, 2018
18. Na ghar ka na ghat ka.
Beech raaste ocean mein! 😆
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@drjatinanand) November 7, 2018
As the exact source of this video is not clear, it might be our version of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets”. It’s a segment where celebs respond to, as the title suggests, mean tweets from people in an equally offensive manner. So, maybe Virat’s response was a sarcastic one. However, if it’s not, Virat needs a reality check about the fact that in a population of 1.3 billion people, everyone can like anything and that doesn’t diminish an ounce of their Indian-ness.