Watch video: Virat Kohli trolled as 'hypocrite' for Diwali message; RCB clarifies with tweet

Updated: 17 November, 2020 14:57 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Virat Kohli urged his fans not to burst crackers in his video message on Twitter and went on to be trolled after a video went viral online during his birthday celebrations in Dubai during IPL 2020

A screengrab from the video on Virat Kohli's official Twitter handle
A screengrab from the video on Virat Kohli's official Twitter handle

Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team had recently taken to Twitter to post a message on Diwali wishing his fans for the festive season. In his video message on Twitter, Virat Kohli said, " A very happy Diwali from me to you and your families. May God bless you with peace, prosperity and happiness, this Diwali. Please remember, do not burst crackers, protect the environment and have fun at home with your loved ones with a simple diya and sweets on this auspicious occasion. God bless you all, take care."

However, this message did not go down too well with Kohli's fans on Twitter who ended up trolling the star batsman. A video surfaced online too, as part of a tweet which read, "Why do they always have an issue with Hindu festivals whether it's Diwali or Holi." The video showed how Royal Challengers Bangalore - the team that Virat Kohli captains in the IPL, gave their skipper a huge surprise on his birthday, earlier this month on 5th. The video showed how crackers were burst in Dubai to celebrate Kohli's birthday. Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma was also present for his birthday in UAE. Fans termed Kohli a 'hypocrite' and told him to practice what he preaches.

Meanwhile, there were many comments by Twitterati that trolled Kohli as well. One comment read, "Sir first of all stop using private vehicles n start using public transport...that should reduce most of pollution..n stop bursting crackers at IPL." Another user wrote, "Do not burst crackers?? Have you not seen crackers during ipl final?? Christmas or new year?? At that time you will keep silent, but you will give your selective gyaan during Hindu festivals." Another user posted, "Its negligible compared to what a billion ppl all across the country burn in a single night." Another twitter pointed out, "Happy Diwali, I hope Hindutva Radicals will not troll you for suggesting crackers free Diwali."

Kohli's IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore went on to post a message on Twitter and while wishing their fans, also clarified that the crackers in that video were actually celebrations during UAE's flag day. RCB wrote, "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."

Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore at IPL 2020 where the team lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL playoffs. Kohli will now be leading Team India on their tour to Australia which will begin with the ODI series on November 27.

Also Read: Tim Paine: Australians love to hate "polarising" Virat Kohli

Virat will also miss the first Test in January as he will be coming back to India to be by his wife Anushka Sharma's side as she is due to give birth to their first child.

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    BCCI President Sourav Ganguly took to Instagram to share rare photos with wife Dona and daughter Sana celebrating Diwali at home.

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    Sourav Ganguly with his daughter Sana. Dada simply wrote - Happy Diwali.

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    Rohit Sharma with wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaira: Happy Diwali to all. Have a good one and stay safe @ritssajdeh.

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    Suresh Raina with his wife Priyanka, daughter Gracia and parents: Happy Diwali from us to you. May this Diwali bring you lots of blessings & happiness. #happydiwali.

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    Shreevats Goswami and wife Payal Jugroop: Happy Diwali #spreadpositivityandlove.

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    Rahul Tewatia with his parents: Shine like sparkles, glow like candles and burn all the negativity like crackles. Wish you all a very lovely & cheerful Diwali! #2020.

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    Aditya Tare shared a few photos of him celebrating Diwali 2020 with his wife and daughter on Instagram.

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    Aditya Tare: Festival of Light with the Lights of my life. Wishing everyone all the happiness, prosperity and peace. Happy Diwali.

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    Suryakumar Yadav with his wife Devisha Shetty and family: Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali.

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    Ajinkya Rahane with wife Radhika and daughter Aarya: This Diwali let’s find the light of positivity around us. Hoping everyone is home and celebrating with their loved ones.

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    R Ashwin with wife Prithi Narayan and daughters Akhira and Aadhya: Wish you all a happy and safe Diwali. #happydiwali @prithinarayanan.

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    Dhawal Kulkarni with wife Shraddha Kharpude and daughter Nitara: Wishing everyone a very Happy and a safe Diwali!! 

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    Ishant Sharma with wife Pratima Singh: Happy Diwali from me and mine to you and yours!

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    Bhuvneshwar Kumar with wife Nupur Nagar: Happy Diwali from us to all.

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    Sandeep Sharma and fiancee Tasha Sathwick: Happy Diwali To Everyone!!!

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    Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar also shared photos of Diwali celebrations from his home: May you be the source of joy & light in someone's life today. Happy Diwali!

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    Sachin Tendulkar: Diwali vibes! Light up Diyas and make life brighter.

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    Shivam Dube: Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali & a prosperous new year ahead...

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    Yuvraj Singh: May the light & divinity of Diwali mark the end of all darkness that 2020 has brought. A special thanks to our selfless frontline workers who’ve battled the pandemic with an admirable sense of duty. May you all spend Diwali in the warmth & company of close ones. Happy Diwali.

First Published: 17 November, 2020 10:27 IST

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