Team India skipper Virat Kohli took to social media to wish his fans on the auspicious day of Diwali. He also requested the users not to burst crackers as it could worsen the situation. Instead, he urged them to light up a diya. “A very Happy Diwali from me to you and your families. May God bless you with peace, prosperity, and happiness this Diwali. Please remember do not burst crackers. Protect the environment and have fun with your loved ones with a simple Diya and sweets on this auspicious occasion. Take care and God bless you all,” Kohli said. While crackers are banned in Delhi, people in Punjab and Haryana can burst crackers for two hours. The officials are taking every step to control the rising pollution level.
Happy Diwali 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/USLnZnMwzT— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 14, 2020
However, Kohli's earnest request to fans met with negative response, with many blaming the skipper for damaging the environment with his fleet of luxury cars like Bentley, Audi etc that guzzle petrol and do more damage to the nature than crackers on Diwali. Others pointed out that the cricket field he plays on required trees to be cut for it to turn into a field. Netizens pointed out that how crackers were burst while his wife performed, and he did not seem to mind very much. Kohli is presently in isolation in Australia, where the members of Team India landed earlier this week for the upcoming series against the hosts. The much-awaited India-Australia series will kick off on November 27 with three-match ODI series. Following the ODIs, the two teams will play three T20Is. In the second leg, they will lock horns in the four-match Test series, starting December 17. Kohli will return to India after the Day/Night fixture, to be played in Adelaide. Let us have a look at some of the reactions by netizens on Kohli's Diwali message.
Let's call a spade a spade. This man Kohli doesn't have a spine to tell people to stop slaughtering animals for some festival but will only tell me to stop using crackers because animals are scared of sound. So fear of sound of animals >>>>>> Life.— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) November 14, 2020
This wokeness is a disease. https://t.co/ll9VLbspny
Now even he has also joined this category of people who give morality lessons during #festivals.— #SacheinSathyajithNair🇮🇳 (@SacheinS2606) November 14, 2020
Cricket captains of other countries are proud of their respective countries cultures but he wants to dictate others on how to celebrate festivals. How ridiculous https://t.co/z6A5LyuEvu
You play cricket, we gave you love, adulation, status, endorsements and recognition.— Nisheeth Sharan (@nisheethsharan) November 14, 2020
NEVER, EVER make the mistake of imagining you are a social, religious or thought leader of the Hindus.
Stop preaching, you dont have the credentials for it. https://t.co/pNJajfkBsg
In 18 second video he manages to lecture on not to burst crackers and ends it with "God bless you".https://t.co/KblzKrANXt— Raivata (@bhimpandav) November 14, 2020
Cricket fields don't require cutting trees. Water is not wasted. IPL doesn't burst crackers. Cars, team buses & ✈️don't use up fossil fuel. Marriages n adv don't burst crackers. Prods endorsed by dem r all eco friendly. Environment destroyed only due 2 bursting crackers on Diwali https://t.co/Wrr0d2PLWT— Communalist Hindu (@Bauddhika108) November 14, 2020
I shall travel in Chartered planes, I shall own 100s of fuel guzzling cars, ACs will be switched on in my my house years round. But you, you mustn't celebrate your festival properly. Oh, and happy diwali.#BallPellGyaanNahihttps://t.co/58krdj1lYt— Ash Aro (@Logictriumphs) November 14, 2020