Just before the kick-off between Croatia and France in the FIFA World Cup 2018 finals, Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh had drawn parallels between Croatia and India, highlighting the European nation’s remarkable feat of punching above its weight. Harbhajan, popularly known as Turbonator, had made a tweet in Hindi, which translated to English, read,”Croatia, with a population of about 50 lakh will be playing the final. And we (India) with a population of 135 crore is ‘playing Hindu-Muslim’. Change your thinking to change your country for the better.”Also Read - Harbhajan Singh, Sunil Gavaskar Rubbish Bharat Arun's 'Toss Excuse' For Team India's Early Exit From T20 WC

Though the intention of Harbhajan’s tweet seemed to encourage Indians to rise above communal issues, many disagreed with his comparison of the two countries. Some of the Twitter users said it was not right of the Indian cricketer to draw parallels between the two countries and “mock” our own nation. Also Read - No Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni to Lead; Harbhajan Singh Names His All-Time T20 XI

However, the off-spinner, while reacting to the criticism, has said that people need not “overreact” on his tweet and should rather look at the positive side of it. Also Read - Virat Kohli Happy Birthday: Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan Lead Birthday Wishes For India Captain, Call Him 'Once in a Generation Player'

“I don’t think there is any need to overreact on my tweet. What I wanted to say I have already done that. I feel we should look at the positive side of it. It is obviously hurting to see that in spite of being such a huge nation, and having such a great sporting culture, we are still decades away from playing the football world cup finals,” Harbhajan told India Today from the United Kingdom where he is part of the commentary panel with India playing England in T20s, ODIs and Tests to follow.

Croatia, formed in 1991, reached the finals of the World Cup for the first time in its football history. However, they were not able to come out with yet another magical performance which they had shown in the entire tournament as they were defeated 2-4 in the summit clash on Sunday, handing France their second FIFA World Cup title.