It all started after a tweet, “Ek do din late gaye gar !!! woh bhi besharam ki tarah Gaye...Bye bye Pakistan!!!!” was posted using Twitter handle @ImRaina. Whether Raina took some time to realize the mistake he committed or he did so intentionally is debatable but then Raina did remove the tweets hours later and surprisingly blamed his nephew for the mischievous act.
In a bid to clarify, @ImRaina posted: “Smart phones r dangerous. Discovered it last night after my nephew posted random tweets. I'm a sportsman and would never disrespect.” And thereby made his so far invisible nephew an overnight sensation. Twitteratti have proved it in the past that they can lash back with their best wit and this time, Raina's 'imaginary' nephew became a victim.
Fake IPL Player, using the handle @_fakeiplplayer tweeted, asking the nation, “If Suresh Raina's thumb is his nephew, what is Virat Kohli's middle finger to him?” Even before Raina could understand what struck him followed thousands of backlash tweets blaming Raina for falsifying facts to save himself.
Few were kind enough to give Raina another chance of clarification. “Twitpic your nephew or it didnt happen,” tweeted S S Sodhi @ SimpooSir. In a similar tone of disbelief Ab Rafey tweeted: “It’s a mistake. He should admit and apologise. But his ego is big”. Few others were not so kind. “So, Suresh Raina has a scapegoat tied to his family tree,” tweeted Ramesh Srivats, using the handle @rameshsrivats.
In a hilarious turn of events a number of apparently fake IDs cropped up claiming themselves to be Suresh Raina’s nephews and started accepting faults and rendering apologies for world’s economic slowdown to JFK’s assassination. In a claim yet not proven right, Tee Q @ Tabesch tweeted: “#Nephews around the world are condemning, protesting and showing support for #RainaNephew who has been Tweetolested by @ImRaina”
Though there were many who speculated if ‘blaming nephew’ will now become a trend in India with Dhoni doing the same for India’s exit and Rohit Sharma for his batting performance, a few actually used the situation in their favour. One Mr. Zair Abbas, started promoting his blog articles on how to keep smartphones safe from nephews by using password locks.
Despite the fact that Raina seems to have taken the catchphrase from Pepsi, “Na tameez se khela jaata hai” too seriously, he obviously did end up hurting a lot of feelings across the border. In a time when India and Pakistan are still trying to mend their cricketing ties, Raina’s comment has been deemed utterly irresponsible by many. There were many from Pakistan who echoed the same sentiment showcasing that good performance on field will not be enough henceforth for the cricketer. “Dear Raina, U disrespected my country, I have lost all respect 4 you!” tweeted Ailia Zehra from Pakistan.