When Virat Kohli slammed Mumbai Indians fans for booing at Wankhede Stadium, old video goes viral!

Sports    02-Apr-2024
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With fans of Mumbai Indians constantly booing their captain Hardik Pandya, it took former cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar to urge them to "behave" during the time of toss. Pandya has been facing out-of-control wrath since their first IPL match. Similarly, their fans booed him yesterday, too, during the match of MI vs RR at Wankhede stadium.
Virat Kohli slam MI fans Wankhede Hardik Pandya 

However, this is not the first time that a player who has represented India at international events was booed by MI fans at Wankhede stadium. It might be hard to believe but nation's one of the loved cricketers Virat Kohli, who is a core player of the RCB franchise, had also similar insistence in the 2013 IPL edition during a clash against the home side.

The run-out of Ambati Rayudu after colliding with RCB bowler Vinay Kumar sparked anger among fans which led to loud boos around the ground for the away team captain. The fans started to boo him by calling him a "cheater". Kohli, who was just 24-year-old continued to face the crowd’s ire when he came onto the bat.

Kohli reminded Mumbaikers that he will return to play at this venue for India and stated that the crowd in Bengaluru always appreciates Indian players, regardless of their IPL team.

"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. 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 you see how Indian players are appreciated,” he added.

“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. Whoever wins or loses, in any of the games, you come to Bangalore, every captain is cheered, every Indian player is cheered. People appreciate good cricket. I don’t know why people have so much aggression and so much hatred towards other teams in this particular venue. As I said, IPL is not the end of the world,” Kohli had said in the post-match media conference.


Now, Hardik Pandya is facing the same ire despite him being Mumbai Indian captain. Several veteran cricketers have come forward to support him reminding the fans that he has been representing India as well.