Moments before India kickstarted their World Cup-campaign, the International Cricket Council (ICC) raised quite a number of eyebrows with their post for India skipper Virat Kohli. The Twitter handle of the apex body of the game posted a picture of Kohli, showing the batsman sitting on a throne with a crown on his head and a bat.

Unsurprisingly, cricket fans especially from outside India were not amused by the tweet. The fans were not at all impressed with the attention Kohli got from the ICC while the nine other captains of the competing teams did not get it. And the fans did not take long to come down hard on the tweet as they blasted ICC for the tweet.

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Virat Kohli’s photo posted by the ICC (Credits: Twitter)

One of the fans wrote: “The @ICC and the @BCCI must get a room” while another one wrote: “BCCI ownes ICC clearly….(sic).” An Indian fan also joined the bandwagon soon as he wrote: “ICC acting like Indian team fan. BCCI > ICC (sic).”

Here are some other reactions: 

The fans were also angry with India’s late start in the tournament. While all the teams have already played their opening games while some have also played two, India opened their campaign on Wednesday, almost a week after the tournament started. Many fans felt that India was getting favour from the ICC.

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Skipper Virat Kohli was also asked about the same during his press-conference. In reply, Kohli had said:

“It is a bit of an advantage in terms of understanding how the games have gone, what the conditions have to offer, what the overcast conditions bring into play.

“When you see other teams playing and what the approach is, from that point of view we would say that we have a lot of positives we can take out of starting late,” he added.