Ishant Sharma and Hanuma Vihari celebrate India's first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics; realize their mistake later

Both the cricketers realized their mistake later and deleted their tweets.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 25 July 2021 04:28 PM

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The much-awaited Tokyo Olympics has started in full swing in the capital of Japan and athletes put on a great show for the viewers on Day 1 of the Games. India's Mirabai Chanu emerged as the golden girl for India on an opening day as she opened her country's medal tally by securing a historic silver medal in the women's weightlifting 49kg category. It was indeed a proud moment as the whole country congratulated the 26-year-old athlete for bringing glory to nation.

With India getting their first medal at Tokyo 2020, the contingent is currently still in search of its first gold medal. Star shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker were two contenders for the same in the first two days but both of them missed it by some margin. Amid all the disappointment in the shooting, the country woke up to special news of young wrestler Priya Malik winning a gold medal in wrestling in World Championship.

Goof up on social media by Ishant and Vihari

The medal that Priya clinched on Sunday came in World Cadet Wrestling Championships (73 kg category) which was being played in Hungary. However, many people confused it with Olympics and thought that India have secured their first gold medal in Tokyo. Surprisingly, two Indian cricketers - Ishant Sharma and Hanuma Vihari - were also among the ones who got confused between the two events.

Although the duo was quite quick to congratulate wrestler Priya Malik for her terrific performance, they made a slight goof up while tweeting. Both the cricketers mentioned that they were proud of the fact that India have won a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, something which the netizens were fast enough to point out. The tweets of the two cricketers were as follows:

Ishant Sharma: Heartiest congratulations to #PriyaMalik for winning the #gold medal for #IndiaAtOlympics!

Hanuma Vihari: First gold medal for India at #TokyoOlympics2021. Heart congratulations to #priyamalik. Our whole nation will be proud of you!

Both the cricketers, who are currently in England preparing for the upcoming 5-match Test series against Joe Root's side, realized their mistake later and deleted their tweets. However, the whole episode would have surely taught the duo a lesson to cross check the facts before they put anything on social media because the netizens very rarely miss an opportunity to troll the players.


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