Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and India star Virat Kohli has hit out at the 'hatred' shown towards his players by the fans of Mumbai Indians during recent visits to the boisterous Wankhede Stadium.
RCB slumped to a 58-run defeat to Mumbai on Saturday in the 37th match of this season's edition of the Indian Premier League, while some visiting players subjected to taunts from the opposition supporters during the heat of the battle.
It was not the first time RCB have encountered such problems when facing Mumbai on their home patch, and Kohli has expressed disbelief that is possible for fans of the sport to hate players from their own country.
Kohli himself was the target for abuse from the Mumbai faithful, and admits he struggles to fathom how fans of the India national team can turn against their players so vociferously when in the colours of an opposing domestic team.
"I don't know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don't come here to be hated," Kohli told a press conference after the game against Mumbai.
"It has happened to a few players in the past as well. I don't know why they get so worked up during IPL. IPL is not the end of the world. They forget that the players they are booing for also play for their country.
"It is only creating hatred among the players. When I come back and play for India, they are going to cheer for me. It doesn't work that way."