“Plz don’t spread hate” – Gujarat Titans pacer Yash Dayal after facing backlash on social media for mistakenly posting controversial Instagram story
Gujarat Titans (GT) pacer Yash Dayal often finds himself facing the music. First it was against Kolkata Knight Riders's Rinku Singh during IPL 2023. Now it’s an Instagram story that has proved to be a nightmare for the Uttar Pradesh bowler.
On Monday, June 5, the 25-year-old mistakenly posted a controversial story on Instagram, which hurt the religious sentiments of several GT fans. Following Dayal's post, several Twitter users roasted him on the micro-blogging platform.
After facing severe backlash on social media, Dayal apologized and urged the fans not to spread hate. He wrote on Instagram:
“Guy’s apologies for the story, it was just posted by mistake. Plz don’t spread hate. Thank you. I have respect for each & every community n society.”
Yash Dayal failed to deliver for GT in IPL 2023
Yash Dayal failed to deliver for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023, picking up just two wickets in five games at an economy rate of 11.79. This came after he was retained for Rs 3.2 crore ahead of IPL 2023 mini-auction, for finishing with 11 wickets in nine games during the IPL 2022 campaign when GT lifted their maiden trophy.
The left-arm pacer also registered one of the worst spells by a bowler in the league when he leaked 69 runs in his four overs against KKR in IPL 2023. Rinku Singh smacked him for five sixes in a row when the Knight Riders needed 28 runs off the final five deliveries. Following the incident, Dayal was dropped for nine consecutive games.
Back then, GT captain Hardik Pandya commented on Dayal:
“He [Yash Dayal] fell ill and lost 7-8 kilos after that match. There was a spread of viral infection during that period and also due to the pressure he had faced.”
Dayal made his comeback in the last two games after warming the bench for over one month. He finished with spells of 1/31 and 1/39 in his last two IPL games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, respectively.