Virendra Sehwag speaks during an event. File
Gulf Today Report
A simple congratulatory tweet after India won a medal at Commonwealth Game 2022 (CWG 2022) has made India’s ex-cricketer Virendra Sehwag a subject of the brutal trolls on social media.
The reason, cricketer mistakenly congratulated the wrong athlete, who has won gold, but not at Commonwealth Games 2022.
The video which was widely shared and circulated on Twitter is the video from the 2018 Junior Championship when Hima Das became the first Indian to win a gold in any international track event. Hima clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400m final creating history.
Sehwag is quite active on social media and the moment the news of India winning its first medal at the Game came in the cricketer without checking the facts congratulated the wrong athlete.
It was weightlifter Sanket Sargar from state of Maharashtra in India who lifted a total of 248 kgs in Men's 55 kg final to clinch the silver medal at the CWG 2022.
Sehwag wrongly tweeted that India's Himas Das has won gold in 400m race at the CWG 2022. In fact athletics event is yet to start at CWG 2022 going on in Birmingham.
Sehwag's tweet read: "What a win! Indian athletes have totally arrived. Many congratulations to Himas Das on winning gold in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games. Fakr Hai."
However, realising his mistake, the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh,’ deleted his tweet and in his new tweet congratulated Sanket Sargar for winning the silver medal at the event.
Sehwag wrote: "Well done #SanketSargar for winning India it's first medal at the Commonwealth Games, brilliant effort. Proud of your Silver #CWG ."
One of the Twitter users wrote: 'Galti se mistake ho gaya tha', while other wrote 'Viru bhai thoda updated rha kriye, wrna tweet krne se pehle soch liya kriye.'
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Shortly after the apparent hack, the offensive tweets and retweets were deleted.
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