Former wicket keeper of Pakistan, Rashid Latif, has come forward to explain his stance after running his mouth recklessly using social platform. Latif kicked up a controversy after his foul-mouthed tirade against Virender Sehwag after Pakistan’s loss to India a few days ago.
The social media went berserk and could not contain itself from lashing out at him. A video response from Indian batsman Manoj Tiwary also made headlines.
India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in a one-sided Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on June 4. The win was a huge delight. Sehwag, known for his funny tweets, posted a congratulatory message for Team India while also taking a sarcastic hit on Pakistan.
“Pote ke baad Bete. Koi baat nahi Beta, Well tried ! Congratulations Bharat !#BaapBaapHotaHai #INDvPAK,” Sehwag had tweeted, referring to the big win in the practice match with Bangladesh and then the victory over Pakistan.
Latif was not amused and ended up being offended. He responded in a furious manner and posted a video on Facebook. The video became viral after it was telecasted on Pakistan news channel Siasi Central
Sehwag did not try to stretch the controversy and put a silent end to it with a simple message.
“A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words,” Sehwag wrote on his Twitter account.
After the strong reaction, the 48-year-old has taken a sort of U-turn from his action and praised Sehwag and other Indian cricketers. He tried to be respectful and described Sehwag as a great batsman who was outstanding at his work. However, he also went on to request him to act responsibly when opining about other teams, especially Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“I wanted to warn Sehwag a lesson after his comments on Pakistan. We should respect each other. Sehwag was a great player who has scored two triple centuries. But he must understand he should not disrespect a country. I am not talking only about Pakistan but he should not disrespect teams like Sri Lanka or Bangladesh,” Latif said.
He also congratulated India for their semi-final berth and sent his best wishes to the Men in Blue ahead of their clash against Bangladesh.
“I would like to congratulate India. They have a good chance of making it into the finals.”
Taking a ride down the memory lane, Latif also appreciated Team India skipper Virat Kohli’s talent and head coach Anil Kumble’s good natured personality.
“Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world. Kumble (Indian head coach) has played against me. He is a very honest person. Also, the others who have played against me or I have heard about them, like- Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Ajay Jadeja, Azharuddin, Srinath, Srikkanth, I would like to congratulate them all,” he said.
Latif played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs for Pakistan in his 11-year career in international cricket.