With the rise of platforms such as YouTube, former Pakistani players have developed a tendency to criticize Indian players. Sunil Gavaskar, however, has taken issue with this habit of ex-players from across the border.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is well-known. Matches between the two teams often draw huge crowds and create a magical atmosphere. However, with the advent of social media and YouTube, ex-Pakistan players have begun frequently criticizing Indian players for their performances. Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary Indian opener, has now responded to this habit of former players from across the border. He has hit back at their criticisms, making it clear that such comments are not welcome.
SUNIL GAVASKAR: ‘THIS HELPS THEM GAIN FOLLOWERS’
Gavaskar in his column for Mid-day wrote:
“When two of the top-ranked teams play against each other, then sparks are bound to fly. However, since the IPL began, the animosity between players of the two teams has lessened considerably while the intensity hasn’t reduced one bit, and that’s how it should be.”
“It has almost become a daily affair to hear some former players from across the border, pulling down an Indian player by saying that the Pakistani player is better. It’s a trick that is used by them knowing that to increase their followers. All that they have to do is say uncomplimentary stuff about Indian players, past or present. Have you ever heard or read any Indian player past or present saying anything about the players from across the border? Frankly, nobody cares, so no Indian that I know has said anything about the players from across the border. It’s simply not our style. If our online media ignores what is said across the border then it will automatically stop, but our media will publish it even if it is pulling a fellow Indian down.”
Sunil Gavaskar further added.
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