South African commentator Kevin Pietersen who was in India for the 14th edition of IPL posted a heartfelt message for the citizens of the country. He was the English commentator for IPL 2021, and following its suspension has flown back to his home country.
The 40-year-old message mainly catered to the his Indian fans, followers and countrymen. Pietersen posted the message in Hindi, wherein he urged them to stay safe in these trying times. Pietersen mentioned that though he may have left India, he cannot stop thinking about the country, which has given him so much love and affection. He reassured Indians that this phase will pass, but for the time being they have to be strong and safe to be able to battle against the pandemic.
Checkout his tweet:
मैंने भारत छोड़ दिया हो सकता है, लेकिन मैं अभी भी ऐसे देश के बारे में सोच रहा हूँ जिसने मुझे बहुत प्यार और स्नेह दिया है। कृपया लोग सुरक्षित रहें। यह समय बीत जाएगा लेकिन आपको सावधान रहना होगा। 🙏🏽
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) May 11, 2021
KP’s tweet had wide ranging responses from the Indian audience. Here’s how fans reacted to his tweet:
South Indians criticised the cricketer for tweeting in Hindi, as they didn’t understand the language
Hi KP sir, can you type this in English. We South Indians do not understand this Hindi language. Sir these North Indians impose hindi against our will. Please help sir. Big fan sir..
— Varun (@wizardrincewind) May 11, 2021
Some fans appreciated his gesture to write in Hindi, and suggested that he could have included other languages too
Thanks for writing in Hindi ..
But other than Hindi & Urdu as national languages ..
— Gautam Mukherjee (@gdmukherjee) May 11, 2021
Many fans also appreciated his Hindi in a rather fun tone
Wah kya hindi hai… pic.twitter.com/ZCeYXIR2Q2
— Manjyot Wadhwa (@Manjyot68915803) May 11, 2021
Fans claimed that they could read his tweet in KP’s English accent
Why did I read that in an English accent, similar to his… pic.twitter.com/xhxgMEfjMx
— Vaccinated !!! (@salil_111) May 11, 2021
However, many Indians appreciated the cricketer’s gesture and love for India.
Thanks alot kp for ur wishes.we are overwhelmed with love and support we are getting from all over the world and from u too.never knew that we had made such imp. place in your and other foreign players' hearts..when things get back to normal you are wlcm wid open arms and heart❤️
— Harsh srivastav (@Harshsr49169878) May 11, 2021
Pains me to say this, but you, a foreign national, love India more than many Indians. This is much appreciated.
— Kartikeya Tanna (@KartikeyaTanna) May 11, 2021