Yuvraj Singh is a miracle man who has over the years built a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of Indians. His exploits on the field, his bravery and mental strength off the field and the good looks, are some of the primary contributors to him being a fan favourite for a number years. However, the last three months haven’t been kind to brand ‘Yuvraj’.
It started with the noble cause of asking Indians to donate for a charity to help collect funds for the fight against Covid-19. Hard to see how that could could lead to brand Yuvraj taking a hit, right? Well that charity was Shahid Afridi’s, and unfortunately for the former India player, Afridi shortly after that made a provocative statement on India and PM Modi. There was a huge furore, his friend Harbhajan was also under the scanner and the two had to make clarifications, including both of them publicly breaking their ‘friendship’ with Shahid Afridi.
Two months ago Yuvraj had to done an Insta live with Rohit Sharma and like every cricketer including Virat, Rohit and Gayle made fun of Chahal in a tongue-in-cheek manner. However he used a traditional casteist slur ‘bhangi’ while doing that which didn’t go down well with Netizens and #yuvrajsinghmaafimaango trended on Twitter. The southpaw , for the second time in two months was forced to make a public clarification.
Yuvraj Singh had said in the video, ‘ Ye bhangi log ko Yuzi ko koi kaam nahi hai. Yuzi ne dekha kya video daala apni family ke saath.'(This roughly translates to – These ‘bhangi’ people Yuzi has no work. Did you see his video with his family?)
Yuvraj’s clarification statement ;
“This is to clarify that I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, color, creed, or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life on the welfare of the people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without any exception and understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. “However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same. My love for India and all its people is eternal,” he wrote in his tweet.