Having a wanted sharpshooter as namesake could lead to embarrassing faux pas as BBC Hindi has recently learnt. It all began when a Twitter user confused the former Indian batsmen Mohammad Kaif with a man accused in the murder of Hindustan daily’s Siwan bureau chief Rajdev Ranjan.
On September 18, the alleged assassin’s supporters were photographed holding banners in protest against his properties being attached by Bihar Police. One banner in particular stood out as it read “Give justice to cricketer Mohammad Kaif” in Hindi. The photograph tweeted by news agency ANI went viral. This lead to a Twitter user expressing disappointment that a World Cup winning cricketer had become a hitman.
“Never expected this from @MohammadKaif ….. May Bihar Lallo had not done Chara ghotala & used money to educate,” he tweeted. The cricketer quickly clarified saying, “I am not the shooter u [you] r [are] referring to.I m [am] training fr [for] the Cricket season ahead wid [with] #Chattisgarh. Verify to karlo yaar.” Though the original tweet has now been deleted by the user, it had snowballed into something bigger than Kaif must have had anticipated.
Troubled by the ongoing confusion, he put out a full disclaimer saying, “My name is @MohammadKaif but I m [am] not that Sharp Shooter. Me & family getting lot of calls. M playing only with bat&ball.”
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 20, 2016
Kaif’s troubles did not end there as BBC News Hindi apparently tweeted a link with the headline “Ex-cricketer Kaif surrenders”. Irked by the mix-up, Kaif wrote: “You have crossed all limits just for a headline. Doesn’t anyone read otherwise?”
कहाँ किया ,कब किया,भारत के लिए कितने मैच खेला।
हैडलाइन के लिए कुछ भी बकैती,हद्द कर दी आपने।
ऐसे कोई पड़ता नहीं क्या? pic.twitter.com/wJOXMeVBKn
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 21, 2016
Twitter users slammed the Hindi news site and applauded Kaif for his reply.
Here is who Twitterati reacted:
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 21, 2016
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) September 21, 2016
@MohammadKaif you should sue them. How can they be so irresponsible.
— Chhota Mowgli (@_GandaBachcha) September 21, 2016
You are demeaning a Test Cricketer .. Yet No apologies..
— Uday S Singh (@udaysingh723) September 21, 2016
— जहाँपनाह ☔️ (@iGunjanJha) September 22, 2016
— Mundu khyalu (@mundukhyalu) September 21, 2016
— Raushan Kumar (@raushank265) September 21, 2016
People also lauded him for his earlier clarification:
@MohammadKaif yes you are the best shooter on the field! 😜
— Aliee! علینہ (@Anmol_Aleena) September 20, 2016
@MohammadKaif You ARE a sharp shooter. You were so accurate when you aimed those stumps from covers :)
— TheGoanPatiala (@TheGoanPatiala) September 20, 2016
Ask your cricket opponents. You were a sharp shooter to ball on the stumps and run opponents out…you are an asset
— Vineet Vaidya (@Vaidyavineet) September 22, 2016
@MohammadKaif very well written. Hope the message reaches out well.
— Shravan Mansanpally (@MShravank) September 22, 2016
@MohammadKaif How can forget ur winning knock Vs Eng chasing 326 in final wit Yuvi @ Lords?Don’t worry.No misunderstanding on similar names
— Mandar (@Mandarmodak) September 20, 2016
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