New Delhi: Facing flak for his tweet on Gurmehar Kaur, Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said that his tweet was blown out of proportion and he had no intention to bully Kaur. It was not before he faced bouncers of criticism that the dashing batsman decided to declare himself retired hurt.
“My tweet wasn’t intended for Gurmehar. It was plain fun but people construed the other way,” Sehwag was quoted as saying in media reports.
Kaur, a student of Delhi's Lady Sri Ram College, had posted on Facebook a picture of herself holding a placard that said, "I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me", following last week's violence in Ramjas College in Delhi University.The post went viral with hundreds of shares. She also held a poster, saying 'Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him'.Following this, Sehwag on Sunday posted his image holding a placard which read "I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did," and said: "Bat me hai Dum! Bharat Jaisi Jagah Nahi (Bat has power! no place like India)."Sehwag’s tweet infuriated many. Noted lyricist and writer took a dig at Sehwag while hitting out at Union minister Kiren Rijuju. "If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr, it's understandable, but what's wrong with some educated folks. I don't (know) about her, but Mr Minister I know who is polluting your mind," tweeted Javed Akhtar.
"Virender Sehwag played for BCCI, he does not represent India. The thousands of students and teachers who came out in Delhi University today, they represent India - a vision of a new India based on equality, justice and freedom," said Umar Khalid, who was the starting point of the Ramjas controversy said in a post on Facebook