Virender Sehwag responds to criticism about Blind Cricket World Cup, says it was the official campaign
Virender Sehwag clarified the reason on why he used the hashtag #othermeninblue and said it was part of the team's "official campaign theme" and not a term coined by the former Indian opener for the victorious Indian blind cricket team
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag, when faced with criticism for his choice of words for congratulating Blind Cricket team, expressed his views by tweeting, “Gaurav Pandhi Better do some research before commenting. But research &media/you don’t go hand in hand. It is their official campaign theme.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2017
Virender Sehwag clarified the reason on why he used the hashtag #othermeninblue and said it was part of the team's "official campaign theme" and not a term coined by the former Indian opener for the victorious Indian blind cricket team.
Sehwag's tweet was highly criticised on social media when praises from all sections of the society poured in. The blind team skipper Ajay Reddy also raised his doubts over the use of the word "other" and the tweets like Sehwag's do not put out a good example.
“We wear the same blue jersey, represent the same tri-colour and play with equal pride and passion then why term us as ‘other’? It is appreciable that he congratulated us but then we are no others”, Ajay said and added, “We too are the men in blue”.
The Indian blind cricket team defeated the Pakistan team to comfortably defend their T20 Blind Cricket World Cup title on Sunday. Set to chase a modest total of 198, India won the game by only conceding a wicket.
This was India's second T20 Blind Cricket World Cup title as they have won in the last edition in 2012. The recent victory is reportedly a comprehensive one as the Indian unit.