Cricketer Gautam Gambhir was recently in news for his decision to step down as the skipper of Delhi Daredevils IPL team. His decision had earned him plenty of plaudits from cricket pundits, many of whom thought that Gambhir had shown considerable courage in the face of his poor form.
Gambhir had blamed his poor form with the bat for the decision to quit captaincy. “It was my decision. I haven’t contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. I feel it was the right time,” he had said.
The Delhi cricketer then earned praise after he dined with the families of Sukma attack martyrs, CRPF jawans. On Friday, the former India opener stoked up controversy saying that all ties with Pakistan should be cut.
“Merely boycotting cricketing ties with Pakistan will not help. If a ban is imposed, it should be in all sectors, be it films, music or any other. Nobody from Pakistan should be provided an opportunity to perform in India unless the relations between the two neighbours improve,” Gambhir was quoted by ANI.
This prompted an Australian blogger, Dennis Freedman, to take to Twitter, where he called Gambhir a ‘verbal terrorist.’ He wrote, “Gautam Gambhir is a verbal terrorist. The crap he said again today re relationship between India / Pakistan is dangerous.”
Gautam Gambhir is a verbal terrorist.
The crap he said again today re relationship between India / Pakistan is dangerous.
— Dennis Doesn’t IPL (@DennisCricket_) April 27, 2018
Freedman then got incessantly trolled by Indian cricket fans, while Pakistani social media users came to his support.
to bhai tu kya krta hai???
kam se kam wo banda muh pe to bolta hai…
tere jaisa ghuma fira k to nahi ata..
bol to aaise raha hai ki tere tweet se relation improve ho rahe hai.. #Chutiya_Spotted
— Rishi (@imRishi143) April 27, 2018
Dennis You are an attention seeking troublemaker . Perhaps it’s best for you to ask your govt to give right to aboriginals who are being neglected and abused. India Pakistan is not your thing . #TerroristanSupporter
— Shantanu Maitra (@maitra_shantanu) April 27, 2018
Actually its hypocrisy that if cricketer tell about the situation at border of two countries and feel sad while meeting with orphan children of Martyrs , killed by pakistani soldiers is making relations dangerous,than what Pakisatni soldiers are doing at Borders
— Dilpreet Singh (@dilpreetsokhi1) April 27, 2018
Your name is enough of your identity you are belongs from a dictator person Kim Jong Un if gambhir is a verbal terrorist them I am sure you are verbal as well as weapon and money terrorist.
— Abhishek मूत्रा (@Kuposhit_Balak) April 27, 2018
Last year in April, Gambhir faced trolling by Indians for his dangerous definition of the three colours present in the Indian national flag.