A day after he was widely condemned for allegedly bullying a 20-year-old martyr’s daughter, former India cricketer, Virender Sehwag, has now said that his mocking tweet was not meant for Gurmehar Kaur.
“My tweet wasn’t intended for Gurmehar. It was plain fun but people construed the other way,” he told India Today.
In a dig at Gurmehar’s old Facebook video message saying ‘Pakistan did not kill my father, war did,’ Sehwwag had posted his own photo with a placard that said, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”
There may not be many takers to Sehwag’s clarification because not only did the actor, termed as Twitter troll, mock Gurmehar, but he also shared many tweets praising him for mocking the young girl on his Twitter page.
His insulting post, however, became very popular among those who preached hatred against anyone being seen even remotely critical of the BJP or its ideological mentor, the RSS.
Among those applauding Sehwag for his tweet was Bollywood actor, Randeep Hooda, who shared the former India cricketer’s post with the ‘clap’ and loud laughter emoticons.
Hooda faced Twitter roasting for his decision to join Sehwag in what was widely perceived as an act of bullying. Soon, he issued a detailed statement clarifying that he was merely having ‘a laugh’ on a good joke.
Earlier in the day, Sehwag had avoided questions from media at a public function. The video tweeted by news agency ANI (below), showed how Sehwag desperately evaded reporters’ penetrating questions on his mocking tweet.
— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2017
Meanwhile, an old of Sehwag expressing his love for Pakistani and its mutton haas now gone viral on Twitter.
User @RealHistoryPic, which is followed by even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, posted the following sarcastic tweet, which has now been shared more than 1300 times.
I didn't praise Pakistan, the checque I received from Star Sports did.~ Virendra Sehwag (2017) pic.twitter.com/wIj18cWGus
— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) February 28, 2017