After inviting a lot of flak for his 'leave India' comment on his birthday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is in the news again though this time for his witty reply to a fan's question during his app launch. The user had asked Kohli to respond to former South African spinner Paul Harris' tweet which the latter had posted in March this year comparing the firebrand skipper with a clown.
Even though Kohli hadn't reacted to Harris' statement, he expressed his surprise at the comment when the fan asked him about this. Filled with amusement, Kohli said: “When was this? Was this during South Africa? Was this when we were in South Africa? Paul Harris, ye kaun hai (Who is he)? He looks like a cricketer.”
Harris had accused the ICC of following double standards when the world body rapped Protea pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada with two demerit points earlier this year during their Test series against the visiting Australians.
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Reacting to the ban on pacer Kagiso Rabada by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his on-field conduct, Harris brought Virat Kohli into the controversy, saying the India skipper acted like a "clown" during the South Africa tour and yet faced no consequences for it. The ex-cricketer also accused the ICC of having a prejudice against the South African team.
He had cited the example of Kohli's behaviour from the previous couple of months when India were touring the country, saying: "I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general."
Earlier, Kohli found himself in a fresh controversy after a video footage emerged on social media where he took a dig at a fan for performing other country's batsmen and said that 'those live in our country and like other things should not live in India.'
The Indian captain has been rested from the ongoing three-match T20Is against West Indies which India has already clinched 2-0, with a game to spare, thanks to Rohit Sharma's historic fourth T20I ton which led the Men in Blue to victory.
Kohli has been instrumental in India's victories as recently he became the only Indian to hammer three successive ODI tons in a row against West Indies in the 5-match series which India won 3-1.
He now has 38 ODI tons and also became the fastest to reach 10,000 ODI runs, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar's previously held record.