Bachchan to rescue after Oz tabloid calls Virat 'Trump of world sport'
Virat Kohli clutches his shoulder after injuring it. Photograph: (AFP)
A day after the Australian tabloid the Daily Telegraph called Virat Kohli the "Donald Trump of world sport", Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan came to the cricketer's defence. .
"... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT," Bachchan tweeted.
T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
"Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport," the Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph had said on Tuesday.
"The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news," it added.
The newspaper had taken umbrage to Kohli accusing the Australian captain Steve Smith of mocking him after he was given out.
Kohli said Smith clutched his shoulder when he (Kohli) was given out.
Kohli had hurt his shoulder earlier.
The Telegraph went on to say "television footage clearly showed it was a teammate’s hand on Smith’s shoulder as players embraced to celebrate the fall of Kohli’s wicket."
There often tends to be bad blood between Australia and India but thankfully, cooler heads prevail too.
Friends in Australia tell me they are perturbed by the toxicity this series has generated. Cricket lovers in India saying so too.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
If we have to use toxicity and divisiveness to spread our game, we are using a short-term approach that can only be harmful.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
I am particularly perturbed by the fact that some of us in the media are promoting this divisiveness and taking sides to spread ill-will.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had this to say: "If we have to use toxicity and divisiveness to spread our game, we are using a short-term approach that can only be harmful."
Plus, it might also help to remember the Daily Telegraph is a tabloid.