Ganguly was viciously criticized for his tweet about India after their victory over Pakistan, saying “Man was fired and Kohli became chase master again.”

The ‘King is Back’ trended on social media on Sunday night after Virat Kohli’s brilliant 82* helped Team India win their tournament opener against Pakistan by four wickets, avenging their 2021 T20 World Cup loss. Kohli’s remarkable innings helped India begin their campaign in Australia on a positive note when they were down to 31 for 4 in the seventh over of their pursuit of 160. Sourav Ganguly, the former president of the BCCI, tweeted about India’s victory shortly after the game, but he received vicious trolls for omitting to name Virat Kohli.

India’s chase against Pakistan did not get off to an ideal start. In the first four overs, openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma left the game early, while Haris Rauf removed Suryakumar Yadav in the last over of the powerplay. Four deliveries later, Axar Patel, who was placed higher in the order, had a similar fate.

It was all up to Kohli, but even the former captain of India was having trouble with 12 off 21. Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the partnership, though, was what allowed Kohli to escape his chains. It was a 100-run stand between the two. India finally won the match after a dramatic last over in which Hardik eventually left.

“Congratulations to the team for a terrific win and a great start to the world cup,” said Ganguly on Twitter after the victory. Fans of the former India captain, however, viciously criticized him on Twitter since the statement made no mention of Kohli or his performance.

“I’m at a loss for words and have no clue how it occurred in such a bizarre setting. I’m at a complete loss for words. Hardik had faith that we could succeed if we persisted until the end. We decided to take Shaheen down when he bowled from the pavilion end. I struck those two sixes against Haris, who is their best bowler. The math was not difficult. They would worry if I could take down Haris since Nawaz still had one over to the bowl. It decreased from 28 in 8 to 16 in 6. I made an effort to follow my gut, “Following the game, Kohli had stated.