The Women’s T20 tournament at the Commonwealth Games 2022 got underway on Friday, 29th July, with the opening fixture between Australia and India at Edgbaston.
Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne is facing the wrath of fans on social media after replying to a tweet from Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar, the former India batter posted good luck wish for the Indian women’s cricket team good luck for their match against Australia as the sports made a return to CWG after 24 years – the last time cricket was part of CWG was way back in 1998. “Wonderful to see cricket back in the Commonwealth Games. Hope this takes our beautiful game to newer audiences. Best wishes to @BCCIWomen’s team for their #CWG22 campaign,” Tendulkar had tweeted.
Agreed Sachin. Aus v India is going to be an amazing opener too 👏🏼— Marnus Labuschagne (@marnus3cricket) July 29, 2022
But the middle order batter’s reply infuriated the Indian fans as he addressed the Indian legend with just his first name rather than suffixing ‘sir’ to it. The fans felt that it was disrespectful to mention one of the greatest batters of all time with just his first name.
Notably, back in 2020, when Sachin Tendulkar was asked about a current batter who reminded him of himself, he praised the Aussie batter and said, “His footwork is so precise. So he would be the one I would say.” The Australian middle-order batter was amazed by the former Indian cricketer’s remarks about him and felt grateful for such kind words coming from someone as great as him.
“It was pretty amazing, it’s one that definitely when I saw it, I was quick to read it and it really hit me. Amazing words from someone of that caliber. I was very grateful for his words and just stoked really,” Labuschagne had told cricket.com.au. However, his response to Sachin Tendulkar has led to Twitter slamming him.
Sachin Tendulkar is certainly one of the greatest cricketers of all times and if cricket is a religion in India, it won’t be wrong to say that Sachin Tendulkar is a God. The Little Master is pretty active on social media and keeps on posting updates on various issues especially the ones related to cricket.
However, there were some online users who felt that some fans of Sachin Tendulkar are spreading hate unnecessarily as Marnus Labuschagne did nothing to show disrespect to the Indian legend.
As far as the campaign of the Indian women’s cricket team is concerned, it lost the tournament opener which was played at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England to the Australian team by 3 wickets. The Indian team decided to bat first after winning the toss and posted a good total of 154/8 in its 20 overs with the help of brilliant knocks of Shafali Verma (48 runs, 33 balls, 9 fours) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (52 runs, 34 balls, 8 fours & 1 six).
But the Australian cricket team achieved the target with one over remaining in its innings, the highest scorer for Australia was Ashleigh Gardner (52*, 35 balls, 9 fours) and Grace Harris also made a useful contribution of 37 runs (20 balls, 5 fours & 2 sixes).
Team India will play its second match tomorrow against Pakistan at the same venue. We wish the Indian women’s team luck for the game!