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Crowd forgot I play for India also: Virat

Furious after being booed by the crowd, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said IPL fans tend to forget that he competes for India as well and their jeering can end up creating ‘hatred among the players’. Kohli was booed by fans at Wankhede after a controversial run-out incident during RCB’s match against Mumbai Indians. Kohli was jeered several times after he appealed for a run-out involving MI batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was dismissed in a bizarre manner.

Rayudu seemed to have grounded his bat before it went in the air when he collided with bowler Vinay Kumar. It was at this time that a direct hit from Kohli hit the stumps.

The visitors asked for the third umpire’s decision, which went in their favour. This agitated the crowd and they booed Kohli calling him a ‘cheat’. The 24-year-old continued to face the crowd’s ire when he came onto bat and even during the post-match presentation.

‘As far as the crowd is concerned, it has happened to a few players in the past as well. I don’t know why they get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world. And they forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country,’ a livid Kohli said after the match.

‘It is only creating hatred among the players. When I come back and play for India, they are going to cheer for me. It doesn’t work that way. You come to Bangalore and see how Indian players are appreciated. I don’t know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don’t come here to be hated. I don’t know why people have so much aggression,’ he added.
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