After losing out against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final by 180 runs, Times Now reporter on Monday was trying to get a view from Indian players in order to record their statements — to know why Men in Blue-led by Virat Kohli did not replicate hockey team to wear the black armbands – to express solidarity with the soldiers  in Jammu and Kashmir.

It’s pertinent to note, the hockey team routed Pakistan by 7-1 on Sunday some 10 miles away from the Kennington Oval where cricket team met in the eight edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Using the hashtag ‘Cricketers forget Braves’ on micro-blogging site Twitter, Times Now posed a pertinent question that shouldn’t cricketers stand up against anti-national elements while asking Virat Kohli, could have taken a leaf out of hockey team — to show the solidarity, adding the match fee could’ve been donated to the cops.

“I won’t be answering, I am sorry. We are not allowed to [speak],” responded all-rounder Hardik Pandya to Times Now, before leaving the place in a car.

On the other side, Hardik Pandya played a blinder of an innings against Pakistan which saw him registering 43-ball 76 which including six towering sixes and four boundaries before a misunderstanding saw him trudging off the ground while swearing at Ravindra Jadeja, who was the culprit according to him.

“@hardikpandya7 refuses to take TIMES NOW question on why they didn’t copy hockey team and pay tribute to martyrs #CricketersForgetBraves,” Times Now tweeted.

Moreover, the 35-year-old Yuvraj Singh, who scored 22 off 31 balls against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, didn’t respond before seemingly asking a security man to take control of the situation.

However, the reporter namely Jonathan kept repeating the question: ‘Yesterday, the Indian hockey team wore black armbands in solidarity with the dead soldiers in Kashmir. Do you think that was a good thing?’

“@YUVSTRONG12 refuses to take TIMES NOW question on why they didn’t copy hockey team and pay tribute to martyrs #CricketersForgetBraves,” Times Now added.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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