An Australian writer was bombarded with barbs on Twitter when he posted a year-old photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli sweeping the Eden Garden stadium for a local event, with a rather objectionable caption.
Posting a picture of Kohli cleaning a cricket stadium, the writer said: “Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match.”
Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match pic.twitter.com/QWzzW13OFc
— Worldennis XI (@DennisCricket_) September 12, 2017
The journalist, who uses the Twitter handle @DennisCricket_ for his regular commentary on cricket, meant it as a joke or intended to actually rile people, it definitely seems to have done the latter, with many interpreting the tweet as a direct insult to their favourite cricketer.
The cheeky dig did not go down well with Kohli fans on social media, and Twitter users from both India and Pakistan got together to bash him with their replies.
— Khürråm (@1_PAK) September 12, 2017
Doing practice before sweeping aussies 😂😂😂
— Parag Pakhale (@paragpakhale) September 12, 2017
— 👔 (@theninama) September 12, 2017
I reject this nonsense , 💐🌹💐respect for big names ,big players of cricket ,from Pakistan.
— Ahsan (@LovePak1stan) September 12, 2017
We love cricket, we love these legends. Respect from Pakistan.
— Naeem shah (@Naeemshah99) September 12, 2017
This is not funny. I am from Pakistan and we love @imVkohli
— Shazad Muhammad Khan (@ShahzadKillah) September 12, 2017