Virat Kohli's has been at the receiving end of severe criticism from various quarters after his 'Live somewhere outside India' comments to a cricket fan cooked up a major storm on social media.
The Indian skipper's frustration came as a result of a random individual questioning Kohli's batting ability and mentioned preferring to watch other countries batsman. The swashbuckling batsman in his own style, replied by stating that any individual who doesn't like his own country's team should leave the country and reside somewhere else.
The video is doing rounds on social media and Virat is getting slammed by fans left and right for his comments. And in the midst of all this controversy, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has voiced his support for the under-fire batsman, saying that Kohli was unfairly targeted and his statements were wrongly interpreted by some people.
Mohammed Kaif wrote in his tweet: "The unfair targeting of Kohli just shows how statements are twisted according to whatever suits the agenda of people. He has publicly in the past admired sportsman from across the globe & his statement clearly was in a certain context.But mischievous targeting is a norm for a few."
However, Virat Kohli for the first time broke his silence on the issue on Thursday, having faced a huge backlash from all the quarters for his comments. He took to Twitter to make his stand clear on the matter by stating he was completely in favor for the freedom of choice of an individual while claiming that his statement was misinterpreted.
"I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all."
While there was some support for Virat Kohli, famous cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle who is known to very vocal about his opinions, gave his philosophical take on the issue. Bhogle hinted that the 30-year-old should have refrained from saying something like this.
"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"
"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 further added.