India skipper Virat Kohli has been slammed on Twitter for his message on Diwali on Saturday. Cricketers from around the world took to Twitter to wish the fans on the auspicious day and Virat Kohli also decided to do the same. But while the others just asked the fans to enjoy, Virat Kohli donned the hat of environmentalist for a day.
Several celebrities have made it a habit of preaching about the environment on festivals and Virat Kohli just continued the trend. The India cricket superstar posted a 18-second video on Twitter to wish the fans on Diwali and it was more than enough to offend most of them.
He started by wishing a ‘happy Diwali’ before asking the fans not to burst crackers and protect the environment.
“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.”
Interestingly, Virat Kohli’s message for saving the environment on Diwali came just a few days after he celebrated his birthday in the UAE with firecrackers. And the fans were quick to slam him for his hypocrisy. The fans were quick to remind him of his celebration as they circulated videos of him enjoying the firecracker show.
Some also asked him to give up cricket since bats are made up of wood while some pointed out that his luxurious lifestyle does not benefit the environment either.
Here are some of the reactions to Virat Kohli’s tweet:
That's why I have started hating this fake Hindu @imVkohli & her Leftist wife @AnushkaSharma Bc gyan apna ghar m rakho aur mehengi gadiya aur AC chalana sabse pehle band karo #ViratKohli https://t.co/w4jALT9HmI
— Madhur Gupta (@madhurgupta121) November 14, 2020
— Rajive Sood🇮🇳 (@SoodRajive) November 14, 2020
Namaste, virat “hypocrite “ Kohli 🙏 we don’t need you to preach about what has to be and what not to be done this deepavali. Stop being a woke n be a man. Not just somebody’s husband https://t.co/WOX4JghosG
— Truth First (@indian___first) November 14, 2020
Mr. @imVkohli we are your fan …fan of your game fan for your contribution for the nation….but please please don't be hypocrite and don't preach us ……on Cramer bursting or on our any holy festivals….mind it…🙏🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/EFKZiZrj4U
— Jitendra H.chopra (@jhchopra) November 14, 2020
HYPOCRISY at it's best
HYPOCRITES and OPPORTUNISTS of India 1.FAKE BOLLYWOOD 2. CRICKET they are working on
FAKE NATIONALIST agendasThe MOST RUBBISH Industry of India after DRUGGYWOOD, GUTTER WOOD BULLYWOOD, BOLLYDAWOODS is CRICKET @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma #YehDiwaliSushantWali https://t.co/ApVvQHuGct
— Aishwarya Biswas (@Aishwar31203183) November 14, 2020
it is the tradition to burst fire crackers after winning the trophy in IPL. To save the environment he hasn't won the IPL trophy yet. Truly a legend 🙏 https://t.co/3PRvhep2mt
— Sunil The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) November 14, 2020
Why do they always have issue with Hindu festivals whether it's Diwali or Holi pic.twitter.com/GdKKCc7C6Q
— Hardik (@Humor_Silly) November 14, 2020
This Guy just had Firecracker full of IPL Final.
He is telling us how to celebrate, did he tell the same to BCCI or IPL organisers? https://t.co/ZciPl6lK0j
— Aashish (@kashmiriRefuge) November 14, 2020
— Pranjal (@Singhalsome) November 14, 2020
I shall travel in Chartered planes, I shall own 100s of fuel guzzling cars, ACs will be switched on in my my house years round. But you, you mustn't celebrate your festival properly. Oh, and happy diwali.#BallPellGyaanNahi https://t.co/58krdj1lYt
— Ash Aro (@Logictriumphs) November 14, 2020
Cricket fields don't require cutting trees. Water is not wasted. IPL doesn't burst crackers. Cars, team buses & ✈️don't use up fossil fuel. Marriages n adv don't burst crackers. Prods endorsed by dem r all eco friendly. Environment destroyed only due 2 bursting crackers on Diwali https://t.co/Wrr0d2PLWT
— Communalist Hindu (@Bauddhika108) November 14, 2020
You play cricket, we gave you love, adulation, status, endorsements and recognition.
NEVER, EVER make the mistake of imagining you are a social, religious or thought leader of the Hindus.
Stop preaching, you dont have the credentials for it. https://t.co/pNJajfkBsg
— Nisheeth Sharan (@nisheethsharan) November 14, 2020
Let's call a spade a spade. This man Kohli doesn't have a spine to tell people to stop slaughtering animals for some festival but will only tell me to stop using crackers because animals are scared of sound. So fear of sound of animals >>>>>> Life.
This wokeness is a disease. https://t.co/ll9VLbspny
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) November 14, 2020
Do crackers bursting on this hypocrite birthday emit oxygen? Boycott hypocrite Virat Kohli and expose his double standards. https://t.co/WCtxhux5W7
— Advocate YK (@AdvocateYK) November 14, 2020