The Indian Women's Cricket team are on the brink of a maiden World Cup triumph after defeating reigning champions and pre-tournament favourites Australia in the semi-final on Thursday.
While the women's cricket team often fail to attract even half of the attention the men's side receives, things were different on Thursday as the Twitterati were out in full force to congratulate the side, especially Harmanpreet Kaur, who produced one of the best World Cup knocks ever, remaining undefeated on 171 off just 115 balls.
Celebrities took to social media to express their joy at seeing India pull off a brilliant victory over the Aussies, but senior BCCI official and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla might be regretting that decision as his erroneous post, where he congratulated the team for reaching the Champions Trophy final instead of the World Cup, sparked outrage on Twitter.
The mistake must have been prompted by the fact that the Indian men's cricket team had reached the Champions Trophy final only a month back before losing to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Though he took down the Tweet when he realised his mistake, it was too late too little as the Twitteratti tore into Shukla for his misinformed Tweet, accusing that it showed how much women's cricket lagged behind in getting the deserved praise when compared to their male counterparts.
Getting trolled on Twitter is nothing new as the likes of Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahim found out while congratulating the West Indies Women's cricket team after their victory at the ICC World T20 by addressing them as "guys"
The irony though is that Rajeev Shukla himself had lent his support to Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan after the hate he had received from radical elements for posting a picture of himself along with his wife, advising the 32-year-old to ignore the trolls.
It seems it is his turn to do so now.Published 22 Jul 2017, 13:30 IST