Virat Kohli is one of the most popular players in the cricketing fraternity and the more he plays, it seems like his fan following is only growing each day. Kohli, the epitome of the modern cricketer, has fans all over the world.
Even people from India's main cricketing rivals, Pakistan have fans of the 27-year-old swashbuckling star. Bismah Maroof, Pakistan women's cricketer, admitted to idolising Kohli and trying to draw inspiration from the Indian batsman's batting style.
In a bizarre incident, Umar Draz – a die-hard fan of Virat Kohli from Pakistan – was arrested by the Pakistan police on Tuesday after he hoisted an Indian flag on the top of his house in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Draz, from Okara district in Punjab province which is around 200km from Lahore, was arrested after a complaint was made about the Indian tri-colour on the roof of his house. The police raided his home and seized the flag and took Draz under custody. The police also found posters of the Kohli on the walls of Draz's house.
“We raided the house of Umar Draz and seized the Indian flag from his rooftop,” Muhammad Jamil, a police official, said.
The police arrested Draz and registered a case under the Maintenance of Public Order. Following this, Draz was presented in court the same day and was remanded into police custody.
“I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer,” Draz revealed.
Draz talked about his love for the Indian Test cricket captain, Kohli and admitted to not knowing he was committing a crime. He urged the officials to grant him a pardon and see him as only a fan of Indian cricketer and not a spy.
Although Draz has a fair point, not sure what his fellow countrymen will think about his choice to hoist an Indian flag on India's Republic Day.