Manoj Tiwary slams ex-Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif for Virender Sehwag comments

Manoj Tiwary spoke out after former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif went on a 15-minute rant against Virender Sehwag

cricket Updated: Jun 13, 2017 13:39 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Manoj Tiwary has not taken kindly to Rashid Latif’s comments against Virender Sehwag.(AFP)

Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwary slammed former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif for his offensive comments against ex-India opener Virender Sehwag.

Sehwag had taken potshot at Pakistan after their crushing defeat against India in the ICC Champions Trophy opener on June 4. Latif took offense of Sehwag’s comments and blasted the Indian great in a 15-minute video posted on his Twitter account.

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Tiwary uploaded a couple of videos to slam Latif for his remarks. “I generally don’t upload videos but Rashid Latif’s comments forced me to. He has tried to put down a legend like Virender Sehwag and it is a shameful act. So I was wondering what forced him to upload such a video.

“After thinking long I figured out that all he wants is his 60 seconds of fame - something which he doesn’t get nowadays. The language in the video suggests he doesn’t have courtesy and the decency to respect other players. He should realise that by posting such a video he has made a big mistake,” Tiwary blasted Latif in his video, which was in Hindi.

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“You should go and check your record and then see Sehwag’s record. It will help you understand who you are talking about. But the problem is you cannot even understand those records as it is in English.

“You cannot even match Virender Sehwag’s numbers. So tell a friend to translate Sehwag’s record from English so that you understand how far behind you lag in terms of numbers. It will help you become aware of reality and then think ten times before taking such digs at legendary performers of the game,” Tiwary said.

After India’s overwhelming win against Pakistan, Sehwag tweeted: “Pote ke baad Bete. Koi baat nahi Beta, Well tried ! Congratulations Bharat !#BaapBaapHotaHai #INDvPAK.”

Latif in his video message not only criticised Sehwag, but even questioned India’s existence. He also went on to say that some of India’s historical monuments like Taj Mahal and shrines like Ajmer Sharif dargah were Pakistan’s acts of charity.

Sehwag’s response to Latif’s rant was: “A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.”

Barring his tweet, the former India opener has not responded directly to Latif.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 13:39 IST