The Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is presently in Australia with the Indian squad as India is scheduled to play four test matches, 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs over there. The ODI series will start from November 27 but Virat won’t be a part of the complete tour as he will return to India on paternity leave for the birth of his first baby.
However, things don’t seem to go right for Kohli at the moment as his team Royal Challengers Bangalore once again failed to win the IPL in this season. He has been associated with RCB since the start of the league in 2008 and since 2013, he has been leading the team as well. Recently, he invited the wrath of netizens when he posted a video in which he wished everyone a Happy Diwali but also asked people not to burst crackers. He suggested lighting diyas and relishing sweets with family members to keep the environment clean.
Here is the video if you have not watched it so far:
Happy Diwali 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/USLnZnMwzT
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 14, 2020
Click to watch this video directly on Twitter
The advice of not bursting crackers didn’t go well with the online users and they called Virat hypocrite for keeping mum when RCB and IPL used to burst firecrackers after each IPL match. He was slammed for the video which was posted by RCB on the birthday of its skipper in which the visuals of firecrackers were clearly seen.
Check out some of the selected reactions:
Bhai Virat, we really like u. You're our best batsman. But unless you've guts to say please celebrate bIoodIess Eid and Treeless Xmas, spare us this activism. We're fed up with celebrities telling us what to do and what not. Anyway, Happy Diwali and happy upcoming fatherhood.
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) November 14, 2020
-My festivals are not your lecture class.
-My festivals are not your experiment laboratory.
-My festivals are not excuse of your administration failures.
-My festivals are not the day to show your hypocrisy.
Stop it. Thanks
— Shimorekato (@iam_shimorekato) November 14, 2020
abey, jaa na environmentalist..yeh sab IPL Final, New Year, Christmas par nahi dikhta…bas diwali pe gyaan dena hai sabko.pic.twitter.com/69qiWK11w0
— Cracker Burster #𝔸𝕡𝕖𝕩𝔽𝕝𝕒𝕣𝕖! (@FLXR98) November 14, 2020
— Adv. छोटा भीम (@ChotaBhim_) November 14, 2020
achcha hua bhosdike tune 1 bhi IPL nahi jeeta, tu deserve bhi nahi karta
— N K Deewan. (@Spoof_Junkey) November 14, 2020
Ye kya hai fir…pic.twitter.com/vXXYR7MmdZ
— Shweta 🇮🇳 (@Savage_shree) November 14, 2020
ये पटाके ऑक्सीजन दे रहे हैं? pic.twitter.com/wopb73ZfdZ
— Prashant Patel Umrao (@ippatel) November 14, 2020
Stop using car and AC it's very harmful for our environment pic.twitter.com/z6jqNLceq4
— PrIyAnShU sInGh RaJpUt (@it_LEGEND) November 14, 2020
sabhi log IPL se oxygen wale patakhe khareede pic.twitter.com/oaIV1xF5Up
— Parody राहुलेन्द्र आलूबली 3.0 (@0Parody) November 14, 2020
Where does your concern for environment goes to sleep on #Bakrid, #NewYear, #Christmas and even when the team wins and burts crackers?
Every Tom, Henry & Dick becomes Woke only during Hindu festivals.https://t.co/Kyn9OmCmI7 pic.twitter.com/WjuI2KGFoD
— Sanatan Thought🐟🐢🐗🦁🚹 (@Sanatan_Thought) November 14, 2020
Virat's cars are green cars, the eco friendly kind. These cars run on CO2 and emit O2. Just like trees even his house ACs and refrigerators are eco friendly.
Their carbon footprint is zilch/zero.
Its time indians also learnt some things outside of cricket from him.
— Jai (@jkntji) November 14, 2020
bhai simple shadi kar leta , yahin India mein kisi court mein..
italy kyun gaya poori baarat lekar, kitne carbon footprint chhode, koi idea hai
aaya bada simple diya and sweets
gyaan field mein jhada kar,
ek ICC tournament ka final nahin jeeta teri captaincy mein
aur IPL 🤭
— Arun Lol (@dhaikilokatweet) November 14, 2020
Do you know that the Crackers burst worldwide during New Year Eve is 500 times more than Diwali??
When will be appeal for “Cracker Free New Year??
At least can you appeal for “Cracker free IPL and ICC events”??
— The Spirited Bong (@Soum17785045) November 14, 2020
Sir kuch dikhana chahta hu sir plzzz 🥺👉👈 pic.twitter.com/wCsJx11er2
— Siegepilled Sense (Dark Tetrad/Sucide Machine)😷😷 (@ifeelsense) November 14, 2020
Kohli sir Kohli sir
in IPL in Deepavali pic.twitter.com/nB0ciE8de8
— 🥦👨🌾 (@craziestlazy) November 14, 2020
However, now the official Twitter handle of RCB has posted a tweet in which they have revealed that they didn’t burst crackers and the visuals were taken from an old footage of UAE’s Flag Day which is celebrated on November 3.
This is what RCB tweeted, “Hope you are all enjoying a happy and peaceful Diwali with family and friends. To clarify, the fireworks shown in RCB’s recent celebratory video was archival footage of UAE’s Flag Day celebrations. RCB continues to work hard to protect the environment like we’ve over the years.”
Hope you are all enjoying a happy and peaceful Diwali with family and friends.🪔 To clarify, the fireworks shown in RCB’s recent celebratory video was archival footage of UAE's Flag Day celebrations. RCB continues to work hard to protect the environment like we’ve over the years.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 16, 2020
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