Graeme Swann's racist remark on Yuzvendra Chahal sparks outrage

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Graeme Swann’s Racist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal Sparks Outrage 

Graeme Swann’s Racist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal Sparks Outrage
Graeme Swann. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Former England off-spinner, Graeme Swann finds himself in hot waters after his allegedly racist comments about Indian wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Swann remarked on air during the 2nd ODI between India and England in Lords on Saturday.

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann

The incident took place in the 49th over of the visitor’s innings at Lord’s. India failed to counter England’s daunting target of 323. The last wicket pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal were at the crease.

The latter tabbed the ball towards the short third-man region, before attempting to take a single. He was rightfully sent back by Kuldeep, as the fielder made his ground.

Swann makes a ‘racist’ call

Chahal didn’t waste much time and put in a dive to reach home safe. Swann, who was on air at that time, said,

“Chahal like a true tail-ender had no idea what’s going on with the bat in his hand, spinning around like a dog chasing a frisbee.”


This particular comment didn’t go down too well with the Indian fans. Many took a dig at the Englishman while rest defended Chahal for being competitive.

This is not the first time that an Indian got compared to an animal. Back in 2011, Naseer Hussain compared Indians to donkeys because of their hapless fielding on the England tour.

Lord's pitch offered turn when we batted unlike when we bowled: Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

Joe Root scored his 12th ODI ton to guide his side to victory. Indian skipper Virat Kohli backed his boys and lauded the fighting effort.

“We started pretty well with the bat, it was a good wicket, it got slower but when we lost three wickets in three overs that hurt us. I thought that’s where we fell behind. Credit to the bowlers, they stuck to their guns. We always want to test the character of the new guys; we expect these guys to do the job. It’s a great thing to test our new guys, and it’s important how they bounce back. Today was a day when we couldn’t get going.” he said.

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