BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic around the world, even the politically neutral individuals are not spared by locked-down netizens in India.
And now, cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have realised this after they unwittingly unleashed a social media storm after backing ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s foundation in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral cricket series since 2012-2013 since political hostilities broke between both the countries.
Afridi’s appeal for donations to help people affected by the deadly virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming support from the cricketin fraternity all over the world. Harbhajan urged people to contribute in a video message, and called on other cricketers in the two countries to make similar appeals.
“These are testing times, it’s time to look out for each other,” Yuvraj wrote on Twitter in a call for funds.
While Afridi thanked the two, Indian Twitter users reacted with fury at the support for a rival player.
The reactions on social media were swift and terse: “Do you have any sense?” wrote one Twitter user. “Lost respect” for Harbhajan Singh, added another. “Sorry guys you lost it.”
On Wednesday, reacting to the negative publicity, Yuvraj Singh said he never intended to hurt anyone and his call for help has been ‘blown out of proportion’.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 1, 2020