British scribe Piers Morgan's tweets on India's Olympic victory celebrations have caused quite the stir on the microblogging platform. After author Chetan Bhagat and spinner Shane Warne, Morgan has also drawn the ire of cricketing legend Virender Sehwag.
The former cricketer, who has gained quite the reputation for being one of the wittiest Indian celebrities on Twitter, had much to say to Morgan's sarcastic tweet.
On 24 August, Morgan slammed India's joy at the return of Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.
Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that? https://t.co/FYSBM7ErAf— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
Chetan Bhagat and Suhel Seth blasted the British journalist, only to be mocked by him.
What is even more embarrassing are your snivelling interviews as if you had a diaper in your mouth. Sad. https://t.co/9jf55sBwAU— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 24, 2016
At least you'll never have to worry about being one of my interviewees, Suhel.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
I only interview famous people. https://t.co/yPGf3TLtNr
We honor achievers Peirs. Top 3 in the world,despite 3rd world sports facilities isn't loser.It is freaking amazing! https://t.co/pbFuP0Hmky— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) August 24, 2016
Noted, Chatan. https://t.co/wYknYWSkQZ— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
While both Bhagat and Seth were left at a loss for words, Sehwag, or Viru paaji as he is fondly known, stepped up to respond to Morgan.
We cherish every small happiness',— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2016
But Eng who invented Cricket,&yet2win a WC,still continue to playWC.Embarrassing? https://t.co/0mzP4Ro8H9
His tweet went viral, garnering over 5,000 retweets in under two hours. What followed was a series of tweets between the two, with both refusing to back down.
KP is a legend no doubt,bt wasnt he born in SA,&by ur logic Eng shd hv won 2007WC.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2016
Why hv prblm wid our ppl,celbrtng https://t.co/ZigCrzVG05
Morgan then defended his tweets, claiming they were intended to push India into bagging more medals at Tokyo 2020.
I think people should only celebrate winning.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
Coming 2nd or 3rd isn't winning, it's losing.
Dear India,— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
I love you but in your hearts you know I'm right.
Read this, get angry & START TRAINING FOR JAPAN 2020.https://t.co/0PizjeaxNO
Morgan should have known better than to mess with Sehwag, who has won over Twitter India with his funny tweets. From trolling his counterparts to commenting on cricketing statistics, Sehwag's unique take issues have made him the darling of social media users in India.
Here's a look at some of Viru paaji's best moments on Twitter so far:
ThisDay5yrs ago,I unwillingly honoured Aryabhatt twice by getng king pair vs Eng aftr fldng fr188ovrs.Felt like kachha limbu,who only fields— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 12, 2016
He also slammed columnist Shobha De with a well-timed tweet in response to her remark on Indian athletes wasting tax payers' money at the Olympics.
Bilkul , isliye Shobha Na De aise kaam nahi karne chahiye https://t.co/LDyEPGRQI1— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
Hpy Bday Arun Lal ji.Stay healthy&blessed Sir.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 1, 2016
Ab toh aupchaurikta mehaj hai.Koi jokhim uthane ki avashyakta nahi 😀 pic.twitter.com/3XE4I6guAJ
His time on the cricket field may be up, but Sehwag is still hitting fours and sixes on the Twitter grounds.