BBC Hindi confuses cricketer Md Kaif with sharpshooter: How Twitterati laud his response

The virtual world confused cricketer Mohammad Kaif with wanted sharpshooter Mohammad Kaif, who hails from Bihar is one of the accused in the murder of Hindustan daily’s Siwan bureau chief Rajdev Ranjan.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 23, 2016 4:04:58 pm


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.”


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?”


Twitter users slammed the Hindi news site and applauded Kaif for his reply.

Here is who Twitterati reacted:

People also lauded him for his earlier clarification:

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