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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has come out in support of Virat Kohli after Australian media took a jibe at India Test skipper by comparing him to US President Donald Trump. The Daily Telegraph, on Tuesday, compared Kohli to Trump, saying “Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport.”
“Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face,” read the article.
The 74-year-old veteran actor hit back in his own style through a tweet and thanked the Australian media for accepting Kohli as a winner. He wrote, “T 2471 – Aussie media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports!! … Thank you Aussie media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT!!”
T 2471 – Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! … thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
After the Bengaluru post-match press conference incident, Kohli accused the Australian players of making fun of Team India physio Patrick Farhart during the Ranchi Test.
“They (four-five of them) started taking Patrick’s name. I don’t know why. He’s our physio. His job is to treat me. I don’t find the reason behind it. I could not understand. You must ask why they have started taking his name,” Kohli said.
However, Smith refused to accept the claims made by Kohli and defended himself.
“Virat was having a go at me out in the middle and saying how I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart when actually it was the exact opposite. If I was to do anything, (I was inferring) he did a pretty terrific job to get Virat back on the field after that shoulder,” Smith said.
Virat Kohli has taken the #bullythebully quite literally and has always made sure he has a go at the Australians whenever the opportunity arises. The right-hander might have failed with the bat thus far, however, he has been constantly in the headlines for taking pot-shots at Steven Smith and others, giving a clear sign that he’ll not tolerate any sort of antics from the visitors.
On the other hand, the Australian team as well as the media, clearly seems to have become very uncomfortable the way Kohli has been treating them. The mocking directed at Kohli plainly indicates the fact that ‘tough’ Aussies have been made to taste their own medicine and are no longer comfortable facing the heat.