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My humour is politically correct: Sehwag on how to bat safe on Twitter

Former cricketer Virender Sehwag says being a commentator, it is imperative to entertain people.

cricket Updated: Nov 05, 2016 12:54 IST
Monika Rawal
Monika Rawal
Hindustan Times
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Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag (centre) is by far the most popular Indian sports star on social media with the fans loving his instant wit and humorous remarks.(PTI)

Former cricketer Virender Sehwagdoes not mince his words. Whether it’s in the commentary box or on his twitter wall (@virendersehwag), Viru has often been in the spotlight for his boisterous remarks and tweets – all in good taste though.

Ask him if this wit is inherited, Sehwag says that being a commentator, it is imperative to entertain people. “Someone enjoys your batting and someone enjoys your humour. Since I am not batting any longer, so I can at least say some words, so people enjoy and give me compliments too,” he adds.

But what about the time when tweets take shape of trolls or when he gets trolled? “I don’t know how to troll people, but there are many out there, talking with that intent,” says Sehwag. “I just write in a good manner. My intentions are always to write something funny and make people laugh. But then there are people who love and those who hate you — that’s part of your celebrity life.”

On who else among Indian cricketers of has got as good sense of humour as him, Virender Sehwag is quick to reply that he is one of a kind. “On public platform, nobody writes funny things or anything that people will not appreciate, so they are very ‘politically correct’ all the time. I don’t think anybody writing on twitter has humour, but yes most of them are active on social media platforms,” he says.

Here’s how Viru wished Virat Kohli on his birthday on Twitter:

So does Sehwag consider his tweets to be apt all the time? “Oh yes. I am very much politically correct (laughs) in my humour. If you look at my twitter wall, you won’t find a single tweet that has hurt anyone. Sometimes people take tweets in a wrong way and I cannot do much about it,” he quips. However he maintains that he is not setting any benchmark by being funny on twitter. “I just believe in wishing my colleagues and other celebrities in a manner that brings my wit out and gives people a talking point.”

Sample a few other instances of his ready wit and humour on Twitter:

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First Published: Nov 05, 2016 09:30 IST