Virat Kohli's 'leave India' comment to cricket enthusiast sparks controversy

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Virat Kohli has embroiled himself in fresh controversy after video footage on social media showed the Indian captain saying that "those who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India".

Many in twitter have reacted to Virat Kohli's response to a fan's mean tweet during the launch of his personal app. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries?

"I don't think you should live in India then". He added that the fan should get his "priorities straight".

The video went viral and has prompted a torrent of criticism against Kohli on social media. "I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians".

"Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Anil (Kumble) was bowling".

"I think this has to do with respecting cricketing excellence without any thoughts about geographical or political boundaries", he continued.

Although no decision has been taken, India captain Kohli has suggested that fast bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and others who are likely to be picked for the quadrennial event be rested from IPL.

Some Twitter users have also picked out his self-introductory video during the 2008 U-19 World Cup, where he was seen mentioning former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite cricketer. For the Indian skipper, the response to this was to say that those who have choices like this should not be living in India. He should walk the talk and support the BCCI's partners rather than focusing on private endorsements.

Last month, Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 one-day worldwide runs in a match against West Indies.

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