"This infuriated Dharmaraj who attacked Vignesh"
Virat Kohli is trending on Twitter, with the hashtag #ArrestKohli circulating after a 21-year-man in Tamil Nadu was arrested for killing his friend in a drunken brawl.
The pair had been arguing over who was the better cricketer – Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli.
The accused was identified as S Dharmaraj while the victim was named P Vignesh, both cricket fans.
According to police, Sharma fan Vignesh and Kohli fan Dharmaraj were drinking and discussing cricket.
Police said: “Both had consumed liquor. As per the initial investigation, Vignesh was supporting Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while Dharmaraj was a Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) supporter.”
Things became heated when Vignesh allegedly mocked Kohli and RCB.
Police officials continued: “During the course of their debate, Vignesh had allegedly mocked RCB and Virat Kohli.
“Vignesh had the habit of body shaming Dharmaraj, who was a stammerer.
“On that day he had made some remarks comparing the RCB team to the speaking difficulty of Dharmaraj.
“This infuriated Dharmaraj who attacked Vignesh with a bottle and later hit him with a cricket bat on the head. Dharmaraj soon fled the spot.”
The next day, a group of workers spotted Vignesh’s body and they alerted police.
Dharmaraj has been remanded in custody. Meanwhile, Vignesh’s body was sent to a government hospital.
Although Virat Kohli had nothing to do with the incident, many social media users trolled the cricketer.
One Pakistan fan said: “#ArrestKohli for bashing the Pakistan team all the time.”
Another commented: “#ArrestKohli for being such a hypocrite.”
A third person wrote: “These guys still have no shame after this inhuman activity.
“They should deserve to go to jail along with Kohli! Abusive idol! Criminal fans.”
One angry person said: “Virat is always abusive and aggressive towards the players.
“That’s what his fans learn from him and his criminal fan literally took an innocent life and shameless people are making this incident meme material.
“Virat should be behind bars ASAP.”
But others criticised the trolls, stating that Kohli is not to blame for such a tragic incident.
One person said: “Shame on people who is saying that Kohli is the culprit of that guy.
“We should regret what happened.”
Another wrote: “It’s not Kohli’s fault.”