Having spent the past few days in Chennai, covering Qualified 1 and Eliminator, Bhogle called the Chennai people as “polite and welcoming”. On the other hand, he targeted another “specific set of people” as those spewing “toxicity and personal abuse”.
“Thank you Chennai. I met such polite and welcoming people. Such a stark and happy difference from the toxicity and personal abuse from a specific set of people in recent times,” Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
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While the CSK and Chennai fans thanked and adored Harsha Bhogle for his good words for Chennai fans, many wondered who the commentator was speaking in the second part of his tweet. Fans were almost sure that Harsha Bhogle had been targetting the RCB and Virat Kohli fans for some of the vitriol that had been thrown at him for his tweets of criticism about Virat Kohli’s strike rate in earlier this season in IPL 2023.
While Harsha Bhogle didn’t directly mention RCB and Virat Kohli fans in his first tweet, it was made clear who he had been speaking of in his follow-up tweet when one fan disagreed with him.
A fan named Ricky replied to Bhogle, “Harsha have to disagree here You can’t blame a entire city or a Fandom for the actions of few fraction of the fandom who are nothing but faceless trolls, they are everywhere.”
Harsha Bhogle then made it clear that he was talking about the “toxicity” of the RCB and Virat Kohli fans.
Replying to this user, the commentator also confirmed that he didn’t target the entire city fans of Bangalore.
“Not about a city at all Ricky. Absolutely love Bengaluru, home to some of the most dignified sportspeople. GR Vishwanath, Prakash Padukone, BS Chandrasekhar, Rahul Dravid, Roger Binny, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, the list is endless. Great city,” Harsha Bhogle replied.
It goes without saying that after this tweet, many RCB fans launched an attack on Bhogle.