Social networking sites have made it easier for a person to express his/her thoughts or opinions freely, with certain guidelines. This not only includes the common man, but also the celebrities and the people who are always under the spotlight.
Many of the Indian Cricketers are also known to have shared this spotlight with their online presence. Many of these cricketers also continue to maintain a healthy presence on the various social media platforms. But, at times, this presence does not necessarily paint them in a good picture. This is because, at times their comments or, in this particular case, their Tweets manage to grab the attention of a larger audience. And, hence, it leads to controversies or a spat amongst one another.
Let us look at the 5 most controversial Tweets by Indian Cricketers.
1. Ambati Rayudu:
One of the most stable performers of the game, Ambati Rayudu has often found himself involved in various controversial events. His on-field spat with Harbhajan Singh in 2016 and the ban by BCCI for arguing with the umpires, were some of the major controversial events in his career. However, the ‘3D’ Tweet by him can be considered to be his most controversial act so far.
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019Advertisement
Rayudu was up for the selection into the Indian Cricket Team for the 2019 World Cup. But, his poor form seemed to have made the selectors question their options. The selectors were in favor of Vijay Shankar for his ‘three-dimensional’ contributions to help Team India’s performance. To this, taking a dig at the selectors, Rayudu sarcastically Tweeted, Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup.”
2. Harbhajan Singh:
Another cricketer who does not seem to shy away from controversy is Harbhajan Singh. Bhajji is also known for his various on-field tussles with players like Sreesanth and Ambati Rayudu. However, this instance is slightly different from his usual banters. A fan posted a video on Twitter. It was a video of the 2001 Kolkata Test match, where Bhajji became the first Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in Test Cricket.
Adam Gilchrist, one of the batsmen dismisses in Bhajji’s hat-trick, took a cheeky dig by expressing his disappointment for the absence of DRS in the earlier stages of cricket. Harbhajan Singh felt Gilly was trying to question his achievement. He replied, asking Adam to ‘stop crying’ over the dismissal. The off-spinner, however, deleted the tweet after receiving a lot of backlash from the fans.
3. Suryakumar Yadav:
Suryakumar Yadav was once known as a ‘hot-headed’ cricketer. He was also involved in a controversial incident. This incident took place in 2017 when he was excluded from the Mumbai Team. He retweeted a post on Twitter that questioned his exclusion from the squad.
The Mumbai Cricket Association gave a statement that the players are not allowed to comment on the selection decisions on social media.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin:
Ravichandran Ashwin is very well regarded for his phenomenal bowling abilities. However, he also found himself wrapped in a controversial situation when he was involved in an off-field spat with South African cricketer, Herschelle Gibbs.
Ashwin posted a promotional tweet consisting of an advertisement for a shoe brand. The Indian cricketer was all praises for those shoes through the caption he had written. However, Gibbs, took a dig at Ashwin’s slow running by replying to the tweet, “Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now Ashwin????” Offended by it, Ashwin replied, hinting towards Gibbs’ fixing scandal by saying, “Surely not as fast as you mate. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as blessed as you were. But I was blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind not to fix games which put food on my plate.” He soon had to delete the tweet as he received a lot of backlash from the fans.
I totally believed my reply was a joke too, but look how people and yourself perceived it. I am totally game for this sort of fun mate, we shall dine over this sometime.😂 https://t.co/Z7YdXQnxeD
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5. Sanjay Manjrekar:
Former Indian batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar often finds himself wrapped around controversies. Many a times he has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Manjrekar caught the attention of many when he took to Twitter to take a jibe at Ravichandran Ashwin. Through his tweet, he said that Ashwin should not be considered an all-time great as he has not picked a single 5-wicket haul in South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia. He received heavy criticism for his views.
As a reply, Ashwin posted a hilarious Tamil meme to counter the veteran view of him not being great.
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