Supporters of premier India batter Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan were engaged in a bitter social media war after the results of a fan poll were declared on Twitter.
“Who is a bigger personality and achiever globally?” a Twitter user asked in a poll on the microblogging platform. The options included: a) Shah Rukh Khan and b) Virat Kohli.
While Virat Kohli won the polls hands down, polling 8.8 percent more votes than Shah Rukh Khan, the results didn't go well with the actor's fans.
As Shah Rukh Khan's admirers began trolling Virat Kohli, abusing the cricketer with terms like “Chokli”, the latter's supporters hit back at the former, criticizing the movie star for his bad run at the box office in the last few years which ended with Pathan in 2023.
On the other hand, a few opined that both of them have made India proud internationally, and that's why the ugly Twitter war between their fans was unnecessary.
A Twitter user said, “Virat Kohli and Shah Rukh Khan both are the pride of India. Both represent our country globally! Stop this childish fight!!!”
Who is a bigger personality and achiever globally ?
— Slog Sweep-189 (@SloggSweep) March 27, 2023
SRK fc condition right now 😂 pic.twitter.com/pr2Zaym7sX
— Wellu (@Wellutwt) March 28, 2023
King Kohli ofc! Who knows srk outside north India?
— Sujal (@Sujal_Pandey07) March 28, 2023
Baap Baap Hota Hai 👑
VK – 54%
HAKLA – 46%
— Abhishek Kumar (@abhishek_itmi) March 29, 2023
Yahi Aukat hai chokli ke nalle fandom ki or gende tu toh pilta rhega 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/ia6NVtak4k
— 𝑩𝑹𝑨𝑵𝑫 𝑺𝑹𝑲🔥 (@Srkian_Ishu) March 28, 2023
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli shared shocking details of his school life this week, which went viral on social media.
The 34-year-old cricketer who is gearing up for the Indian Premier League, posted his 10th-class marksheet on social media, leading to an avalanche of reactions from fans.
“It's funny how the things that add the least to your marksheet, add the most to your character,” Virat Kohli's caption under the picture of his 10th-grade marksheet read.
Within minutes the post spread like wildfire on both Koo and Twitter, with hundreds of his fans liking and sharing their views on Virat Kohli's educational qualifications.
“Focus more on learning than grades! Virat Kohli shares his Class-X marksheet!” a Virat Kohli supporter wrote on Twitter.
“Virat Kohli's 10th class marksheet. He proved ‘a single sheet of paper can't decide my future',” another added.
Earlier this month, Virat Kohli scripted history during the fourth Test against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. En route to his 28th Test century, the Delhi-born player became the quickest to complete 11,000 international runs at home.
Virat Kohli also matched former India captain Sunil Gavaskar’s landmark the legendary batsman achieved four decades ago.
Virat Kohli was playing in his 50th Test on home soil, and he celebrated the occasion with a hundred. In 1983, Sunil Gavaskar made a century when he featured in his 50th Test match in Indian conditions against West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
The ton against Australia in Ahmedabad was his 8th hundred in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, joint-second most by any batter from the two countries. While Sachin Tendulkar has nine centuries, Ricky Ponting and Steve Smith have scored eight centuries each.
It was Virat Kohli’s first Test hundred since November 2019, thus ending a 1,204 days wait for a century in the five-day format of the sport.
Moreover, it was his first century in red-ball cricket after 41 innings – his longest drought in Test matches. During this phase, Virat Kohli went without a ton in 23 games.
It was also his second Test hundred against Australia at home, following his 107 in Chennai in 2013.
On the other hand, former India captain and coach Anil Kumble gave a deep insight into a young Virat Kohli when he burst onto the international scene in 2008. Talking about the first time he saw Virat Kohli during the inaugural edition of the IPL that year, Anil Kumble claimed that the then-future India captain looked “confident” from the word go.
“He was very confident when he walked into the dressing room and you could see the talent as soon as you watched him at the nets,” he told Jio Cinema.
“The one good thing that has happened to Virat is that there were a lot of U-19 youngsters who got into IPL franchises that year, but he got a chance in the first game. That's very important because when you're doing well as a 19-year-old and you get that break in your first season, you are not even thinking about the massive players in the dressing room. You are soaking in that atmosphere and getting involved in the match and that is exactly what happened with Virat. From there on, not just him, but the team had a tough year in 2008 and we did well in 2009. Virat continued from there on and then he became captain later on. It's wonderful as a 19-year-old to walk into any team and get the opportunity that he did,” Anil Kumble asserted.
Anil Kumble's India teammate Zaheer Khan shared similar views, saying Virat Kohli's hunger to make runs kept him in good stead since his teenage days.
“One thing that stands out is Virat's appetite to learn and how quickly he went on adding things to his game and his approach to the game. He knew that once he had the responsibility of being the captain, he can't be doing the things he was doing earlier like just going too much in the face of opposition. You need to have that control and maturity as a leader, which he added. That was something that wasn't there if you look at the initial part of his journey,” Zaheer Khan said.
“One thing which he really made a difference with was that he brought in that culture of looking after yourself. If you look at how he was in 2008, a chubby kid full of energy, to becoming a very lean, mean person who is adding on that other side to the game. Everybody would do their routines to get themselves ready for the big stage but he went a notch or two higher than that,” Zaheer Khan summed up.
Meanwhile, India head coach Rahul Dravid claimed the people of India have similar expectations from Virat Kohli as they had from Sachin Tendulkar when the Little Master was playing.
“In India when you become a player as big as Virat Kohli, people have such high expectations. When I played and used to bat with Sachin Tendulkar, I saw the same. Everyone wants him to score a century, score runs. And this happens because he has set a standard. He has scored centuries so regularly that people don’t realise how tough it is to score a hundred. And then obviously, the pressure builds,” Rahul Dravid told Star Sports.
“A player of Kohli’s calibre wants to contribute, stay involved. He looks at it in a way ‘How can I contribute? What can I do to win the match for India?’ And somewhere he must have felt that I am not able to give that world-class performance in Test matches which the team has become habitual of,” he pointed out.
“If young kids are watching – we keep talking and sometimes as coach, we get frustrated too – I hear a lot that ‘this is my style and I’m only going to play like this’. In this match a big player has shown that if the situation is tough and the team is slightly on the defensive, the opposition is not giving you boundaries, you can play differently and still score a century for the team.”
“He scored just five fours in his first 100 runs. He could have gotten frustrated – felt I will smash, dominate – but he knew what the team needed in that situation. This is a special trait of a big player. Doesn’t matter how great a player you are, you need to have humility, the will to,” Rahul Dravid concluded.