After Sachin's Tweet on the Protest of Farmers, Keralites Apologize to Maria Sharapova
India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet in which he urged his fellow citizens to stay united following pop icon Rihanna’s comment on farmers’ protest in the country attracted widespread attention with over 2.72 lakhs retweets and shut to 1.5 lakh likes. However, it hasn’t gone down well with many social media users moreover with few venting their anger directly whereas others taking a different route, just like the one taken by Keralites who are apologising to former lawn tennis star Maria Sharapova.
A little context first. During an interview in 2015, lawn tennis icon Sharapova had asked who Tendulkar was, a comment that didn’t go down well along with his fans in India and several other of them began troll her. Now, six years later, with comments calling for forgiveness, Keralites once again flooded social media.
“I am sorry, Maria, the legend. We knew Sachin as a player but we didn’t knew him as a person. You were right and sorry for commenting dangerous on your FB post,” a user wrote.
Another aforesaid, “Sharapova, you were right about Sachin, that he's not a person of quality that you should know.”
Then there was one who enclosed shawarma and Kuzhimanthi (a variant of biryani) as peace offering. “I am the sorry”, borrowing words from a malayalam picture, while another said “One truck load of apologies, sister. We didn’t have your foresightedness. Time has proven you were right,' wrote the user.,” the user wrote.
On Thursday, Rihanna’s tweet, during which she shared an article that reported on internet access being blocked following violent clashes between farmers and protests around delhi, went viral. It drew an in-depth response from India’s Ministry of External Affairs with a flurry of tweets from many sportspersons including Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Rohit Sharma, Anil Kumble among others responding.
“India’s sovereignty can't be compromised. It is possible for external forces to be observers but not participants. Indians know India, and India should decide. Let’s stay united as a nation,” Tendulkar tweeted.