Virat Kohli slammed after asking fan to leave India

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"I enjoy watching English and Australian batsman more than these Indians".

Kohli, who launched the "Virat Kohli Official App" on his 30th birthday on Monday, faced the backlash after his reaction to a fan, who confessed his preference for English and Australian cricketers over Kohli's blue brigade.

"Virat needs to understand that if the fans go away to other countries, then no Puma etc. will want to sign him for Rs100 crores".

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The message did not go down well with Kohli who answered - "I don't think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else".

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.

"When Kohli mooted the idea, CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Rohit about his take". The words definitely didn't go down well with the Delhi-born cricketer and he bashed the fan, mentioning that he should leave India if he doesn't like the Indian players.

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Having faced the wrath of social media users for a couple of days after publicly lashing out at a fan, India skipper Virat Kohli tried to tone down the issue somewhat on Thursday, saying he is "all for freedom of choice". I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards.

This isn't the first time Kohli has been in the spotlight for controversial statements. 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.

Just like he violated BCCI's contract with Nike when travelling to England to support Puma. "He is a great player and it's time to try and be a great human being".

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