Virat Kohli causes uproar with 'leave India' comment

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A batsman par excellence with a plethora of records to his name, Kohli spent his birthday with wife Anushka Sharma in Haridwar. "Why are you living in our country and loving other countries?" he replied.

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

Swashbuckling Indian batsman Virat Kohli became subject to a fresh controversy on Tuesday when he suggested that Indian cricket fans who like foreign batsmen more than the domestic ones should go and live in foreign countries.

The Indian cricketer said that he didn't mind the fan not liking him but he didn't like it when people live in one country and like things from other countries. He also crossed the 10,000-run mark this year and surpassed legendary Sachin Tendulkar becoming the fastest batsman in the history of the sport to do so. "Get your priorities right".

In 2016, when India's federal government cancelled 86% of the country's currency, Kohli called it the "greatest move" he has ever encountered in politics.

Kohli's comments have led to his trolling on social media, but more importantly, it seems to have drawn an adverse reaction from the BCCI bosses, as per a report in the Times of India.

The statement, he writes, is "probably an extension of the nationalist narrative that modern India tries to propagate".

Virat Kohli, who has been rested from the ongoing three-match T20I series against West Indies, has found himself in a bit of a sticky spot after a video of him saying that Indians who don't support the national cricket team should not live in the country has gone viral on the internet.

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