Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were roped in as brand ambassadors of a company to promote its face care products for men. The company released a new advertising campaign on Thursday that shows Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant rapping about the benefits of the products. "Walking like a dude, feeling all cool, you've got the look, you're gonna rule," Kohli says at the start of the jingle. Virat Kohli took to Twitter to share the new ad with his fans. Obviously, the ad was instantly seen by his millions of followers but it was not liked by many.
Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge jumped on the bandwagon and took a dig at Virat Kohli. "Amazing what people do for money," read Brad Hodge's comment.
Amazing what people do for money— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) May 16, 2019
Soon, Virat Kohli's fans came to his defence and slammed the former Kings XI Punjab head coach for his comment.
Amazing what people do to win games #sandpaper— King kohli?? (@Kingkalyann) May 17, 2019
Yeah. Anything for ??https://t.co/BMoTtYlCVn— Nitesh Khandelwal (@k_nitzz23) May 17, 2019
Don't know why Australian are getting worked over by an ad meant for indian people, they come every year in India and earn $ .— Deval Shah (@DevalShah555) May 17, 2019
And some players use sandpaper to make money ??— Vikas Shukla (@shuklavikas22) May 17, 2019
After facing the heat, Brad Hodge posted a tweet to clarify.
Funny, I never did say there was nothing wrong with it. I would do the same. Your interpretation of my comment was so 'glass half full' if I attach ??. Your interpretation would be different— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) May 17, 2019
Kohli's next assignment is to lead the Indian cricket team at World Cup 2019 to be played in England and Wales, starting May 30.
India are the number two ranked ODI side in the world, and have among the most well-rounded outfits in the tournament, alongside the hosts England.
It will be the first fixture of a World Cup where all 10 teams will play each other in the group phase ahead of the knockout stages that will culminate with a final at Lord's in northwest London on July 14.
England and Wales have previously staged Cricket World Cups in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.