Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh has issued clarification after facing the heat for ‘casteist remark’ for Yuzvendra Chahal. The legendary batsman had landed in hot water for his unintentional jibe at the leg-spinner while he was interacting with his former teammate Rohit Sharma on Instagram Live last month.
Yuvraj Singh had called Chahal a ‘bhangi’ referring to the latter’s popular TikTok videos. The way Yuvraj Singh made the comment, it was clear that it was a light-hearted jibe. Both he and Rohit had laughed off the matter.
But earlier this week, hundreds of Twitter users slammed him for the comment and asked him to issue an apology. The users made the hashtag Yuvraj Singh Alopogise in Hindi one of the top trends. The hashtag #युवराज_सिंह_माफी_मांगो saw more than 30,000 tweets.
Not only that, a police complaint was also lodged against him by Dalit rights activist and advocate Rajat Kalsan. The complaint was lodged in Hansi, Haryana. Earlier this week, Kalsan said that he registered the case and demanded the arrest of Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh’s statement:
With the matter getting out of hand, Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter on Friday to issue a clarification. The World Cup-winner expressed his regrets over unintentionally hurting anybody’s sentiments or feelings.
“This is to clarify that I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception,” read the statement.
“I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible India I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same. My love for India and all its people is eternal,” the statement added.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 5, 2020