Virat Kohli fan commits suicide after skipper’s cheap dismissal in 1st Test vs South Africa

A 63-year old man from Madhya Pradesh poured kerosene over himself and set himself on fire on Friday after Virat Kohli got out for five runs.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 9, 2018 7:47 pm
virat kohli during india vs south africa India’s captain Virat Kohli got out for 5 runs in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa. (Source: Reuters)

A 63-year old man from Madhya Pradesh used kerosene to set himself on fire on Friday after India captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for five runs in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town. The victim, Babulal Bariya, a retired railway officer living in Ratlam’s Ambedkar Nagar and an avid fan of Virat Kohli was reportedly upset over the fact that the Indian skipper got out cheaply on the first day of the Cape Town Test and thereby took the drastic step. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at the hospital where he was being treated.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Pyarsingh Alave, Assistant Sub-inspector, station road police station said, “Bariya retired from railways recently. He was probably drunk and immolated himself while watching the match after Kohli’s dismissal. Prima facie that is what the cause of death looks like. In his dying declaration, Bariya said that he was upset over Kohli’s wicket. The family said that he was a cricket fan.” One of Bariya’s two sons had also committed suicide in 2009, Alave further added.

Meanwhile, a case has also been registered and further investigation is on. “Investigation is on. The retired employee died around 7.30 am on Tuesday,” said Alave.

India’s first overseas Test of 2018 came to a disappointing end on Monday as the visitors lost to South Africa by 72 runs. India were all out for 135 in 42.4 overs on the fourth day of the first Test. Even though the Proteas were without the services of star bowler Dale Steyn, seamer Vernon Philander took his side to a win by taking career-best figures of 6/42.

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  1. S Kumar
    Jan 10, 2018 at 1:16 am
    How Stupid can one get?...makes me laugh.
    1. Ankit jaiswal
      Jan 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm
      This is the most stupid news . If someone did that it was because he was looking for a reason to end it . it has nothing to do with virats dismissal . Virat has been dismissed cheaply before and as a person he is en led to having chnages in form per game at times . this is really stupid to even make this a TOI worth news
      1. Charlie Olly
        Jan 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm
        deserves to die Illiterate fool
        1. Mahboob Saeedi
          Jan 9, 2018 at 8:39 pm
          Very sad,very unfortunate and wisdom does not allow to accept this. It is a game and a player may go for such lower score many times as in the past and by all the previous players .But we have to condemn the hype created by media for few favoured players , and ignoring the other talented players due to various obvious reasons. Such tragedies are the ultimate results of such HOUSE OF WAX SYSTEMS ego. Condemn such tragedies, and wish they never happen in future, Amen!
          1. Jawad Amin
            Jan 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm
            Very sorry to hear such news. People don't know the value of their own lives. P.S: Why didn't he committed suicide on 18th June, 2017? o.O
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