The Twitterati dragged Hardik Pandya into another controversy until veteran bowler Zaheer Khan stepped in.
If there's one thing that has been held against social media, it is the judgemental mentality of people. This has sprung many controversies but the latest, or rather the trending one, is how Hardik Pandya wished Zaheer Khan on his birthday.
In a tweet, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder wished the former Indian fast bowler with a video showing Hardik smashing Zaheer for a six. The tweet read: "Happy birthday Zak ... Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here"
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 7, 2019
What could have been great material for some banter did not go down well with the fans who immediately bashed Pandya for his attitude.
One thing is for sure. Hardik Pandya may be an all-rounder but what he's not is classy. Stop being a douche, Hardik! https://t.co/ySd1Vy3WoN
— Shamini.M.R (#SayaAnakMalaysia) (@Not_A_Shammer) October 8, 2019
All these cricketers today think themselves as some fashion icon, a model.
Especially this piece of shit called Hardik Pandya.
Who do you think you are ?
You will never achieve what Zahir Khan has achieved.
Love & Respect from the country. !
— praveen mohan (@praveennavoday) October 8, 2019
Hardik Pandya is an A class prick and an insult to the gentleman's game. https://t.co/p1fvtkvJzw
— Maddy (@distilled_view) October 8, 2019
Even reputed journalists took to Twitter to comment on Hardik's "classless" act.
Class > Money. Always. pic.twitter.com/uMhf6lJ21A
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) October 7, 2019
In the midst of all this ruckus, what was silently forgotten was the fact that nobody actually knew the equation between Hardik Pandya and Zaheer Khan. An easy prey, Hardik's comments in a famous talk show hadn't gone down with the public and his larger than life image has also sparked social media outrage.
But here, just perhaps, there rested the possibility that Hardik was possibly only putting out a tweet in jest. A light banter never hurt anyone but clearly Twitterati decided to make a meal out of it.
The voices should have shut down after Zaheer himself came up with an equally funny banter in response.
Hahahaha....thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match 😉 https://t.co/anhQdrUBN7
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019
Zaheer's light hearted response suggests that Hardik's comment was well met and received rather than the preposterous assumptions and even conclusions that social media reached. However, Twitter being Twitter, it generated another series of trolls with Hardik once again at the butt end of the jokes.
Instead of the evident conclusion that Hardik was perhaps only making light banter with someone who is good friends with him, Twitterati decided that Zaheer had shut Hardik's mouth.
Now hardik pandya 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jk31mKWlN3
— Gumrah (@desh_ki_janta_) October 8, 2019
Hardik pandya right now pic.twitter.com/YprUApsJUu
— Ashish Sharmaㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@ashish_speaks) October 8, 2019
Hardik pandya got hit wicket..! Scary bowling by Zaheer..👍👍😂😂
— Akram Khan (@itsAkRam_Khan) October 8, 2019
Let's just say, some things just don't change.
Featured image courtesy: AFP/ Dibyangshu Sarkar