While cricket fans are glued to their television sets, watching the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 matches, a feud broke out on Twitter between former cricketer Irfan Pathan and right-arm leg-break bowler and right-handed tail-ender batsman Amit Mishra after the former tweeted about India’s potential to become the greatest country on earth and qualifying the statement in a manner as though there was something amiss about the country.
Irfan Pathan had posted a tweet that read: “My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth. BUT………”
While the past military medium pacer did not exactly say in what context he had written the tweet, many Twitter users questioned his “BUT” in the tweet.
Then, a few hours after Irfan Pathan‘s tweet, Amit Mishra took to his own Twitter handle and, following a similar syntax of a sentence, wrote what he believed Irfan Pathan should have written after “but”.
Mishra did not reply or even quote Irfan’s tweet, but it was clear that Mishra was hinting at Pathan’s tweet. He wrote, “My country, my beautiful country, has the potential to be the greatest country on earth… only if some people realise that our constitution is the first book to be followed”.
The two tweets have garnered over 1,00,000 likes and nearly 25,000 retweets.
The reply from Mishra led to an uproar on the micro-blogging site with fans taking sides and opining why Irfan Pathan might have posted the cryptic tweet.
The posts by two sportsmen have left users wondering what they meant, with many posting their own interpretations of the tweets.
Irfan Pathan retired from all forms of cricket, on 4 January 2020. The left-arm pacer played his last IPL game back in 2017 and went unpicked in the following three auctions.
The Muslim cricketer from Gujarat was in news last in 2021 when Syed Ibrahim of Ahmedabad accused him of having an illicit relationship with the former’s daughter-in-law. The old man, who had retired from Ahmedabad Police, and his wife alleged that Irfan Pathan had been threatening their family along with their son that he would use his influence to harm them.