Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev fans clash on Twitter after 1983 World Cup winner’s remarks

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Supporters of two Indian cricketer legends – Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev have fired on each other after the 1983 World Cup-winning captain demanded the Delhi-born cricketer’s dismissal from the national team.

The war of words between Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev fans has escalated further after the 33-year-old cricketer failed again in the second T20I against England in Birmingham on Saturday.

Virat Kohli fell for 1 with England fast bowler Richard Gleeson delivering a double wicket maiden in the seventh over of the Indian Test in the second T20I at Birmingham. Gleeson’s other wicket was Rishabh Pant who opened the innings for India for the first time in T20Is.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, lost his wicket as he tried to hit the ball over the deep boundary of the midwicket but failed to get enough power behind his shot. He was eventually caught by David Malan in the backspot area as the ball took the outside edge of his bat and rose through the air.

“I try not to say anything about Kapil Dev because I respect him. Hope he doesn’t go down the Gavaskar and Ganguly line,” a Virat Kohli fan posted on Twitter.

“I don’t understand why people question his selection of T20I? Even Kapil Dev? He averaged 70+ last year and didn’t do anything wrong. Such a great lack of respect towards a person who has served us a lot, ”argued a second.

“Virat has been playing for the past 10 years in T20is, his recent numbers in T20is are good too…why are they talking about dropping him by ex cricketers, news sites. If you really want to drop someone to host xyz, drop your captain who happens once in a blue moon,” said a third on the microblogging platform.

“I didn’t expect that from Kapil Dev. Anyway, I just can’t compare Apple to Oranges. Virat is a front row batsman who can bat 20 overs if needed, while in Ashwin’s case he can play a maximum of 4 overs from 20 overs. The first reason is not comparable. Fielding another aspect,” a fourth pointed out.

Kapil Dev admirers immediately hit back at Virat Kohli fans and backed his remarks about the out-of-form Indian striker.

“Kapil Dev is one hundred percent right. Why is Virat Kohli so lucky even after failing. I feel bad for Deepak Hooda after playing such a great game it was dumped for literally a Tuk Tuk. This is beyond pathetic,” said a Kapil Dev supporter.

“To be a fan of Virat Kohli and to be obsessed with him is justified. But disrespecting a living legend like Kapil Dev for his totally factual comments is downright absurd and petulant. Grow up “kids” and go watch 83! commented one Twitter user.

“Kapil Dev is right. Kohli was only on the team for his past reputation and chicken head fans. Kohli should have been dropped about a year ago…many youngsters have the potential to replace this empty vessel that no longer rings for a year,” another added.

Earlier, Kapil Dev made strong remarks against Virat Kohli which caused a storm on social media.

“Yes, now the situation is such that you might be forced to bench Kohli from T20 playing eleven. If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be removed from the test side, then (once upon a time) world No. 1 batter can also be removed,” Kapil Dev told ABP News.

“Virat is not at bat at a level that we have seen him do over the years. He has made a name for himself through his performance, but if he is not performing you cannot prevent the young performers in the team. I want a competition for places in the team in a positive sense that these youngsters should try to surpass Virat,” Kapil Dev added.

“You can call it rest and someone else will call it abandoned. Each person will have their own point of view. Obviously, if the selectors do not choose him (Kohli), it may be because a big player is not performing,” observed Kapil Dev.

“Play with fit players when you have a lot of options,” Kapil said. “You can’t just go by reputation, but you have to look for current form. You may be an established player, but that doesn’t mean you’ll stand a chance even if you fail five games in a row.

Virat Kohli would get another chance to resurrect his fledgling T20I career on Sunday when the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team take on England in the final game of the three-game series.

India currently leads the series 2-0, having comfortably won the first and second games on Thursday and Saturday.

Hardik Pandya was the hero of the opener, smashing a fast fifty before taking four wickets in England’s innings to claim the man of the match award.

In the second game, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved to be India’s key players as they slammed 46 from 29 deliveries, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3/15 from three overs to secure a 49-run Birmingham triumph.

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