BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: US President Trump may have signed a $3bn deal with India to sell military hardware and was pampered with lavish hospitality by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but more than his 48-hour whirlwind visit making headlines, he earned huge trolls on social media for his inability to pronounce names of Indians during his speeches at Motera stadium.
Trump pronounced Sachin Tendulkar’s name as ‘Soo-chin Tendulkar’ while Virat Kohli’s was pronounced as ‘Virot Kolee’.
The cricketing fraternity hasn’t taken Trump’s gaffe so easily. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen clearly indicated his displeasure on social media by saying that he did not like the way Trump took the names of the Indian greats.
Frank and forthcoming Pietersen is known for speaking his mind and heart out. And he did that when he heard Trump’s speech and the US President pronouncing Tendulkar and Kohli’s names.
The cricketer took to Twitter to let it out. He termed the two Indians (Sachin and Virat) as ‘legends’ of the game and asked Trump to do some research.
In fact, the tweet was directed towards Piers Morgan who Pietersen shares a good bond with and also quoted Trump as Morgan’s friend. The former England skipper tweeted, “FFS, @piersmorgan, pls ask your mate to do some research in pronouncing legends names?!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 24, 2020
Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted wondering how would Trump pronounce the name of Pakistan cricketer Fakhar Zaman.
“Can’t wait for @realDonaldTrump to visit Pakistan & see how he pronounces Fakhar Zaman ..!!!” tweeted Vaughan on Tuesday and earlier in the day he had tweeted “How are you today Sue Chin @sachin_rt !!!! #DonaldTrumpIndiaVisit,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham also joined the bandwagon. “Why hate someone for the pronunciation of names they’ve never heard before when there are so, so, so many better reasons to hate them?” he tweeted.
The ICC also trolled Trump for pronouncing Sachin’s name as “Soo-chin”.