New Delhi: In recent times, India captain Virat Kohli has been in news for all the wrong reasons. He has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak after his comment to a fan that one should leave the country and live elsewhere if they did not like Indian players.

However, with all the Twitterati in uproar over Kohli's statement and criticisms pouring in, chess maestro, Viswanathan Anand has tried to explain Kohli's outburst.

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He said, “Maybe Kohli was caught at a weak moment, feeling a bit sensitive and was not in the best mood maybe. That’s my impression. Then he lost control of it.”

"People are emotional and they lose control once in a while. It has happened to me even if I was more successful in not showing it. But there are moments when your emotions take over. He has got enough criticism already. It’s over. Those who did not like it, already criticised him so no need to keep piling on it,” he added.

Kohli faced a severe backlash from all corners for his controversial response to a fan during a live chat in which he replied, “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”

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Following this, Kohli posted his own stand on the whole debate. He said that he is all for “freedom of choice” and urged his fans to “take it light”.

“I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how ‘these Indians’ was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all,” he wrote.