Virat Kohli’s video message asking his followers to not burst crackers throughout Diwali has drawn widespread flak from netizens.
The Workforce India skipper had taken to Instagram and Twitter to ask followers to keep away from fireworks as a way to shield the atmosphere, setting off a flurry of responses from irate social media customers calling him out for hypocrisy. The state of affairs was made worse by one other video which surfaced on social media exhibiting Kohli celebrating his birthday along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) workforce through the not too long ago concluded IPL event within the UAE, in opposition to the backdrop of fireworks.
“Tired of this dumb hypocrisy of so-called icons. @imvkholi focus on playing cricket, don’t give us gyan on how to celebrate our festivals(sic).”
“They PREACH about POLLUTION caused by #CRACKERS on #Diwali But they are the one who Enjoy FireWorks in NewYear or in Cri Matches & Celebrations(sic)!!”
“You literally have a showroom in your house with vehicles not giving more than 10 kmpl. Now sit and calculate the qty of CO2 generated in kg basis. (If you know to ) .You will realise how stupid you sound(sic).”
“Every cricketer opening and finle ends with tons of firecrackers Why the #ell you don’t preach the same to sponsorers. Why environment is spoiled in 2 days of Diwali celebrations. This is not Netflix series it’s our Diwali (sic).”
The IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore has clarified that the celebratory video which surfaced on-line labeled as Kohli’s birthday are actually the visuals of UAE’s Flag Day Celebrations that happen on each November third. It’s not Virat Kohli’s birthday celebration!
The official account of RCB posted on Twitter: “Hope you are all enjoying a happy and peaceful Diwali with family and friends. To clarify, the visuals of the fireworks shown in RCB’s recent celebratory video are the archival footage of UAE’s Flag Day celebrations. RCB continues to work hard to protect the environment like we’ve over the years(sic).”