CHENNAI: Condemning cricket supporters in Ahmedabad for heckling Pakistan cricketers by chanting “Jai Shree Ram,” Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin said on Sunday that the episode was a “new low” in Indian cricket history.
Udhayanidhi stated on the microblogging service X (previously Twitter) that sports should not be exploited to create hatred.
“Indians are well-known for their sportsmanship and hospitality.” The brutality meted out to Pakistan players at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, on the other hand, is unacceptable and a new low. Sports should be used to bring countries together and create true brotherhood. “Using it to spread hatred is unacceptable,” Udhayanidhi stated.
Fans heckling Pakistani cricketers were widely denounced by sports fans across the country. Leaders of the Tamil Nadu BJP justified the heckling of Indian cricket supporters.
According to BJP spokesman Narayanan Tirupathi, Udhayanidhi will not comprehend the feelings of Indian supporters. “Udhayanidhi should realize that the words ‘Jai Shree Ram’ are in every Indian’s blood.” People like Udhayanidhi, who couldn’t understand the sensibilities of the country’s people, would certainly not understand the sentiments of Indian cricket fans,” Narayanan remarked.
He justified the heckling by claiming that Indian players had “much worse” treatment in Pakistan.
With thousands of messages, the hashtag “Sorry Pakistan” was trending on X. Cricket supporters in Tamil Nadu recalled the 1999 India-Pakistan match, in which Pakistan trounced India and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Meanwhile, BJP state president K Annamalai told reporters at Coimbatore Central Prison on Sunday that Udhayanidhi Stalin lacks the qualifications to speak about raising the ‘Jai Shree Ram’ chant during the India-Pakistan world cup cricket match in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
“Raising Jai Shri Ram slogans cannot be considered disrespectful to Pakistani players.” The players were recognized and honored by the Indian people, and they received a standing ovation after winning the match versus India in Chennai,” he continued.
India has always admired Pakistani cricketers. The people of Hyderabad welcomed them warmly, he said.