Former India international and star of their 2011 ODI World Cup title win, Yuvraj Singh has responded to the social media backlash for supporting former Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi‘s foundation in the battle against deadly coronavirus. Also Read - Unlock 1: Over 9,800 Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours; Religious Institutions Prepare For Staggered Opening
Yuvraj and his former India teammate Harbhajan Singh, had tweeted in support of Afridi’s campaign to help out the underprivileged in his country fight the coronavirus that has infected over 9,18,000 globally. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha
Both drew severe criticism and even a hashtag #ShameOnYuviBhajji began trending on the micro-blogging website Twitter. Also Read - Coronavirus: Amid Surge in Cases in Capital, Delhi Government Issues New SOPs For COVID Hospitals | Read Here
But Yuvraj says he cannot understand why anyone would react in this manner for his message to help the most vulnerable when his intention wasn’t to hurt anyone’s feelings. “I really don’t understand how a message to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion! All I tried to achieve via that message was to help people in our respective countries by providing healthcare, my intention was not to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he posted on his social media accounts on Wednesday.
He added, “I’m an Indian and will always bleed blue and will always stand for humanity. Jai Hind.”
However, there was support for Yuvraj as well and soon #IStandWithYuvi also began trending.
Afridi later came out in support of the Indian cricketers, thanking Yuvraj and Harbhajan for supporting his campaign.
“Very sad to see simple messages of humanity getting misunderstood! We r ambassadors for Love & peace , Truly value the support extended by @YUVSTRONG12 & @harbhajan_singh for coming forward,” he wrote.
Over 46,400 people have died so far globally with several countries including India going under complete lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.