Pakistan is hosting the World XI in a T20 series, that could be considered as the first step in bringing international cricket back to the country. In the midst of all the excitement, an Australian journalist Denise Freedman made fun of Indian cricketers for not participating and he took it way too far.
In one of his tweets trolling Indian cricketers, Freedman posted an image of Virat Kohli and other Indian cricketers cleaning Eden Gardens as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Gandhi Jayanti last year and well, called them sweepers.
Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match pic.twitter.com/QWzzW13OFc— Worldennis XI (@DennisCricket_) September 12, 2017
Evidently, this did not go well with fans and they gave it back to him.
atleast he is cleaning the place that had made him what he is today,u should also clean "Your mind"so that u can create something creative— Bhoomika (@bhoomisandhir13) September 12, 2017
Btw we r xpert in clean sweep & whitewash & our next series is vs u. So get ready 😂— PrAthAmeSh Naik (@prathuuuuu) September 12, 2017
Hahaha😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QxwsljYhSa— chetan98 (@nightmarechetan) September 12, 2017
Dont worry Mr $2. This sweeper has ability to buy entire Australian Team to clean this stadium 1000+ times. pic.twitter.com/TavwahtdJ8— Mayank (Petrol++) (@Mayankaryan084) September 12, 2017
Well, Pakistani fans did not take too kindly to the tweet either.
This is not funny. I am from Pakistan and we love @imVkohli— Shazad Muhammad Khan (@ShahzadKillah) September 12, 2017
We love cricket, we love these legends. Respect from Pakistan.— Naeem shah (@Naeemshah99) September 12, 2017
Kindly don't make fun of a good cause. @imVkohli is a great player with great sportsman spirit— خان زادیⓒⓚ (@MeRebel_) September 13, 2017
I am Pakistani and I like Virat Kohli. We know Indian players want to play cricket in Pakistan. Hope situation gets better so they can come.— Imran Khan (@IKzabar10) September 13, 2017
However, it must be remembered that Dennis Freedman is a known Pakistani cricket fan and is pretty famous for trolling Indian time and again. That being said, it is heartening to see fans from both sides standing up for their heroes despite the hostilities between their countries.