‘Respect each individual without exception’: Yuvraj Singh apologises for alleged casteist remark on Chahal

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Published on: Jun 05, 2020

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has issued an apology after a furore emerged over an alleged ‘casteist’ remark he made during a recent conversation with Rohit Sharma. A clip from the video chat, in which Yuvraj allegedly made that ‘casteist’ slur while joking about India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, went viral on social media, leading to widespread criticism of the ex-cricketer on social media.

A police complaint was also filed against the 38-year-old at Hansi police station of Hisar district, Haryana over the remark. The complaint was made by Dalit rights activist and advocate Rajat Kalsan. Defending himself, Yuvraj took to Twitter and clarified, “This is to clarify that I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people.”

“I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception,” he further wrote. Expressing regret for his actions, Yuvraj went on to issue an apology. “I 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,” the man who beat cancer wrote about his conversation with Rohit.

“My love for India and all its people is eternal,” Yuvraj’s tweet concluded.

One of the finest limited overs cricketers to have represented India, Yuvraj featured in 304 ODIs and scored 8,701 runs at an average of 36.55 and a strike rate of 87.67. He was the man of the series in the 2011 World Cup, and also played a key role in India’s 2007 T20 World Cup campaign.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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