Pat Cummins recalled that his social media exploded with backlash after he complimented Virat Kohli but hoped he wouldn’t score a century, evoking a strong reaction from his fans.

Virat Kohli enjoys unparalleled stardom, making him one of the most followed athletes globally, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Australia captain Pat Cummins recently highlighted the intense passion of Kohli’s fanbase.

Cummins shared an experience where his social media blew up after he made a comment about Kohli and his fans. He recalled complimenting Kohli, but hoping he wouldn’t score a century against Australia. Unfortunately for Cummins, Kohli did score a century six months later, triggering a strong reaction from his fans online.

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“If you live on social media at all, you get absolutely hounded by them. Say anything about Virat Kohli and look out for the next few years,” Cummins said.

He emphasized that even a positive remark can spark a social media storm if it involves Kohli. “I remember I said something a few years ago and it was actually a compliment. I said that he is a gun player and hoped he would not score 100 and then after six months when he scored a 100, my social media blew up,” Cummins added.

Cummins has a complex relationship with Indian fans, having led his team to victory over India in the ODI World Cup 2023, yet being warmly embraced as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2024. Earlier, he had also remarked on the feeling of having a second home in India, where he spends a lot of time and feels supported by cricket fans, even those from rival IPL teams.

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Last Updated on June 3, 2024

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