‘#ViratKohli’ trends on Twitter ahead of Team India’s T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan

The name of the India skipper trended on Twitter just hours ahead of Team India's T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan on Wednesday,

Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 3 November 2021 6:29 pm

There is barely a day when India skipper Virat Kohli is not in the headlines. Be it either for his on-ground gestures, off the field attitude, an Indian victory or vice versa or the rumours surrounding him, the player has always been the talk of the town. However, of late, Kohli is making the headlines for wrong reasons though. The Indian skipper is rigorously getting trolled on social media for the failure of Team India at the ongoing T20 World Cup in UAE.

While the Men in Blue suffered an embarrassing loss to Pakistan in their tournament opener, their loss to New Zealand just gave the critics another opportunity to lash out at the side. Amongst the likes of Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya being targeted, Virat Kohli, the skipper, too had to bear the brunt of the team's failure. Hours ahead of Team India's T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan on Wednesday, the name of the India skipper once again trended on Twitter. However, this time the number of people supporting the player were in good contention to those who were criticising him for the team's failure.

Here are some that came in Kohli's support:

Here are some of the trolls:

How people think on the outside adds no value whatsoever: Kohli

Earlier, after India's loss to Pakistan, Kohli had slammed the trolls saying, "We are doing what we are doing on the field and none of these people (social media trolls) are even in the vicinity to even imagine doing something like that. They do not have the courage or the spine to do that. That is how I see things."

"As a group, we understand how we need to stick together and how we need to back individuals and how we need to focus on our strengths and whether people on the outside portray the fact that India cannot afford to lose a game of cricket is none of our business because we play sport and we understand how sport goes. So, how people think on the outside adds no value whatsoever. We never focussed on it and we will never focus on it going forward either," he added.