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Virat Kohli draws flak for his 'leave India' remark

Kohli might have also violated his contract because of his statement.

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Virat Kohli has invited the wrath of a senior BCCI official with his 'leave India' comment. According to media reports, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary has hit back at the Indian skipper for his comments and a BCCI official even took dig at Kohli and his deal with Puma.

"We, at the BCCI value our cricket fans and respect them and their choices. I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. I loved watching Sachin, Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sourav (Ganguly), VVS (Laxman), Rahul (Dravid) bat but also loved Mark Waugh, Brian Lara and so many others," Chaudhary said.

"Shane Warne for me has been the most exciting spinner to watch, but one felt the most thrill when Anil (Kumble) was bowling. Kapil Dev on song was a delight to watch as were (Richard) Hadlee, (Ian) Botham and Imran (Khan). I think this has to do with respecting cricketing excellence without any thoughts about geographical or political boundaries," he elaborated.

If criticism from a top BCCI official was not enough, Kohli might have also violated his contract because of his statement.

"Virat needs to understand that if the fans go away to other countries, then no Puma, etc. will want to sign him for Rs. 100 crore. The BCCI's revenue will fall, and consequently the players' fees. If he checks his contract, he may find that he may have violated his contract with this statement. Just like he violated BCCI's contract with Nike when travelling to England to support Puma," a BCCI official said.

In a video posted on Virat Kohli's app- which was launched on  on November 5 (his birthday)- Kohli is responding to tweets by fans. One of the tweet said that he saw "nothing special" in Kohli's batting and added that he enjoyed watching "English and Australian batsmen more."

Responding to the tweet, Kohli said "Okay, I don’' think you should live in India then… you should go and live somewhere else no. 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."

Cricket pundit Harsha Bhogle also took a veiled dig at Kohli. In his tweet, Bhogle said:

He further explained

First Published on Nov 8, 2018 08:43 pm
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