The last few months have been pretty difficult for Virat Kohli fans as the Indian skipper relinquished T20 and Test captaincy after being sacked from ODI captaincy last year. Plus, Virat’s poor on-field performance has left his followers worried. And amid the given circumstances, ‘Virat retires’ trended on social media post the 73 Republic Day parade, leaving millions of Twitter users and Kohli followers clueless.
The misunderstanding happened because President’s Bodyguard Commandant’s black horse, Virat, retired from service today post the Republic Day parade. Virat, who participated in the parade nearly 13 times, was the mount of President’s Bodyguard Commandant Colonel Anup Tiwary.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, were spotted patting and bidding farewell to Virat post the parade.
This sweet Virat retires from the President’s Bodyguard steed 💛 🐎
President, PM and Defence Minister bid him farewell too.
— Tavleen Singh Aroor (@Tavysingh) January 26, 2022
Meanwhile, the confusion caused chaos amid Kohli fans, who flooded the microblogging platform with posts thanking the cricketer. Check out their reactions here:
— I’m a Watch Mechanic ™ ⌚ (@Corona_Offl) January 26, 2022
At once I thought, Virat Kohli retires#viratretires
— ANSH 🇮🇳 (@Ansh2_) January 26, 2022
@imVkohli भाई सच में मिनी हार्ट अटैक सा आ गया था। 😭
— Keshav Gupta (@Keshav_kgupta) January 26, 2022
No please don’t trend #Viratretires 🙌🙌😒😒😒 kameeno
— Desi_Senpai (@sledge_hammer2o) January 26, 2022
On the other hand, Virat, who enjoys a huge fan following on various social platforms, tweeted, “Happy Republic Day to all. Proud to be an Indian.”
Happy Republic Day to all. Proud to be an Indian. 🇮🇳
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 26, 2022
Despite scaling down the celebration due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the 75 aircraft flypast marking the ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’ was the highlight of the Republic Day parade.
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