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Gautam Gambhir a ‘verbal terrorist’ - Australian journalist makes bizarre remark

Gautam Gambhir was the latest target of Australian journalist Dennis Freedman as he called the Delhi Daredevils cricketer a ‘verbal terrorist’.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 16:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Gautam Gambhir,Dennis Freedman,India-Pakistan
Gautam Gambhir was called a ‘verbal terrorist’ by Australian journalist Dennis Freedman for his remarks on the India-Pakistan relations.(AFP)

Australian journalist Dennis Freedman has been on the receiving end of the anger of Indian cricket team fans, after he termed veteran cricketer Gautam Gambhir a ‘verbal terrorist’ following his comments on India’s relations with Pakistan.

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Gambhir had recently suggested boycotting Pakistan on all front and not just cricket. News agency ANI quoted Gambhir as saying, “Merely boycotting cricketing ties with Pakistan will not help. If a ban is imposed, it should be in all sectors, be it films, music or any other. Nobody from Pakistan should be provided an opportunity to perform in India unless the relations between the two neighbours improve.”

Freedman, who has been very supportive of Pakistan and critical of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as well as the national team at times, went on to call Gambhir a ‘verbal terrorist’ with his comments.

Freedman’s tweet sparked yet another India-Pakistan debate, with his followers from both the countries taking stands opposite to each other.

This is not the first time Freedman has run into trouble with the Indian cricket fans on social media. Earlier, after posting a picture of Indian cricketers led by Virat Kohli sweeping the Eden Gardens, Freedman had posted a photo of himself wearing a shirt that read ‘Sachin, who?’ for the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 16:44 IST