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‘We need fire trucks’: Irfan Pathan hits back at trolls after firecrackers criticism

"If I, who represented India at the international level, can get so much hate, imagine what a normal Indian citizen must be going thru?," wrote Irfan Pathan, addressing the hate speech he received.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: April 7, 2020 1:20:38 am
Irfan Pathan criticized people who were bursting crackers on Sunday. (Source: File Photo)

Irfan Pathan has always been vocal about his opinions, and on Monday, he again took a stand for himself as he lambasted Twitter trolls spreading hate messages about him. Pathan was being targetted for criticising people who had burst firecrackers during Sunday’s #9Baje9Minute event.

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon people to light candles, lamps, torches, and diyas in a show of solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. But after some took to bursting firecrackers on the occasion, the move didn’t sit well with the former Indian cricketer.

“It was so good until ppl started bursting crackers #IndiaVsCorona,” wrote Irfan Pathan on Twitter on Sunday.

Soon after his tweet, the 35-year-old received a barrage of abuse from various users and trolls. Taking screenshots of the replies, Pathan posted the collage on Twitter on Monday, and captioned it, “We need fire trucks can u help? @TwitterIndia”.

Addressing the issue on Facebook, Pathan wrote, “If I who represented India at the international level can get so much hate imagine what a normal indian citizen must be going thru? Can we all get together n stop this hate? Please can we make a conscious effort to spread sanity? This advice n question is for ppl of every faith….”

Many fans showed their support for the seamer, and when one user asked him to ignore the trolls, he suggested that he is not worried about what people say of him. “I’m not worried abt WHAT PPL WILL SAY. PPL WHO KNOW ME AWARE OF MY CHARACTER But HATE has to stop,” he wrote.

The left-arm pacer has been actively involved in aiding people in the national crisis, as he, along with his brother Yusuf, has been distributing essentials to the needy. The Pathan brothers have distributed 10,000 kg rice and 700 kg potato to people who are short of ration in their hometown Baroda during the 21-day lockdown.

On Monday, the death toll due to the outbreak rose to 111 and the number of infections climbed to 4,281 in the country, registering a record jump of 704 cases in the last 24 hours.

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