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Virat Kohli sparks controversy after he asks fan to 'leave' India

Virat Kohli sparks controversy after he asks fan to 'leave' India

"I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians", said a fan.

"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 30-year-old put forward the request during a recent meeting between the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Team India members, including captain Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad, according to The Indian Express.

While adding that he didn't mind any sort of dislike towards him, the Indian skipper felt that one should get his priorities sorted before posting such comments.

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These words by Indian skipper Virat Kohli has set social media abuzz.

Some might say that there is so much more at stake for them given that Kohli is India's captain. I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. "Yes, I can like and endorse global brands because I am getting money for it". In fact, many have found Kohli's statement hypocritical considering he once called South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs his favourite cricketer. Virat further asked them to get their priorities straight for "loving other countries".

The suggestion from the team was that BCCI should compensate the players who miss the cash-rich tournament. 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". After beating West Indies across all formats in the ongoing tour, Virat Kohli and co are now enjoying a short four-day break from their ongoing series with just a final T20I remaining.