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Chess Ace Vishwanathan Anand Speaks On Virat Kohli’s ‘Leave India’ Remark 

Chess Ace Vishwanathan Anand Speaks On Virat Kohli’s ‘Leave India’ Remark

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand feels India cricket captain Virat Kohli became a bit emotional and lost control during his “leave India” comment to a fan.

When it comes to grabbing headlines, there are very few cricketers who come even close to beating Virat Kohli let alone surpassing him.  Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world right now. Not surprisingly, he dominates the headlines more often than not. But recently, he hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

It all happened after he asked a cricket fan to ‘leave India’ after he said that he likes watching Australian and English batsmen more than the Indian ones.

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In a video available on his newly released app, Kohli was reading out messages from his fans. Then, he read out a message which said – “Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”

Not impressed with the comment, Virat Kohli did not hold back and said:

“I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. 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.”

But Kohli’s response did not go  down well with others. Consequently, Kohli’s response drew a huge amount of criticism from several quarters.

Viswanathan Anand, however, feels emotions got the better of the India cricket star.

“I think he lost control. He got a bit emotional and he just said the first thing that came to his mind,” Anand, one of India’s greatest sporting icons, told PTI.

Chess Ace Vishwanathan Anand Speaks On Virat Kohli's 'Leave India' Remark 1
Virat Kohli got a bit emotional: Viswanathan Anand (Credits: AP)

“That’s the attitude he is comfortable with. In sport, you see all characters and this is the character that fits him best. I try to be myself and in the end you should be comfortable in your own skin,” he added. “Maybe Kohli was caught at a weak moment, feeling a bit sensitive and was not in the best mood maybe. That’s my impression. Then he lost control of it.”

Viswanathan Anand further said that Kohli has already faced enough criticism and it’s better not to pile anything more on him.

“People are emotional and they lose control once in a while. It has happened to me even if I was more successful in not showing it. But there are moments when your emotions take over,” he said.

“He has got enough criticism already. It’s over. Those who did not like it, already criticised him so no need to keep piling on it,” he added.

Kohli, meanwhile, later took to Twitter to clear his statement.

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