Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have unleashed a social media storm by backing former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s basis in its struggle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2 nations are bitter rivals and the transfer touched a uncooked nerve in India. Afridi’s attraction for donations to assist individuals affected by the lethal virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming help from main cricketers. Harbhajan urged individuals to contribute in a video message, and referred to as on different cricketers within the two nations to make related appeals.
“These are testing occasions, it is time to look out for one another,” Yuvraj wrote on Twitter in a name for funds.
Whereas Afridi thanked the 2, Indian Twitter customers reacted with fury on the help for a rival participant.
“Do you’ve any sense?” wrote one Twitter person. “Misplaced respect” for Harbhajan Singh, added one other. “Sorry guys you misplaced it.”
India and Pakistan haven’t performed a bilateral cricket collection since 2012-2013.
World Cup-winning batsman Yuvraj, who made a return from most cancers earlier than lastly retiring final yr, has additionally raised cash to struggle coronavirus by way of his ‘YouWeCan’ basis.
India, which has been below a 21-day lockdown since March 24, has to this point confirmed greater than 1,600 coronavirus circumstances and 38 deaths.