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Fans slam Virender Sehwag following his comments on Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir verbal spat
By SMCS - May 5, 2023 5:38 pm
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Former India opener turned commentator Virender Sehwag has faced backlash from fans after his comments on reminding Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir that they are icons. As the chaos between Kohli and Gambhir happened on Monday, Sehwag said that the duo who are ‘icons’ should not set a bad precedent for kids with such behaviour as well, but the same lines came back to him as people referred to him for hypocrisy in view of him appearing in an endorsement for an Indian tobacco brand as well.

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Virat Kohli had a heated conversation with Gautam Gambhir and Amit Mishra

Virender Sehwag said: “I always say one thing, that these guys are icons of the country. If they do or say anything, millions of kids follow them and probably think ‘If my icon has done this, I would too’. When you’re on the ground, these things don’t look nice. My own kids can lip-read and they very well understand Ben Stokes. So that is when I feel bad. If you’re saying such things, if my kids can read it, others can too and tomorrow they will think that if they (Kohli and Gambhir) can say it, so can I”.

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Here are some of the reactions:

Notably, Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar appeared in an endorsement for ‘Kamla Pasand’ last week – which also aired during an IPL 2023 match – that left people in utter surprise as well.

Meanwhile, former India player Sunil Gavaskar had said: “My point, do something which will make sure, these things don’t happen again. If it has to you know, like it happened with Harbhajan and Sreesanth 10 years ago, that you have to ask them to maybe step aside for a couple of matches. Make sure you do something that ensures that these things don’t happen and also something that will hurt the team. That’s a stiff one.”