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Suresh Raina's 'besharam' tweet an act of 'frustration'
Suresh Raina's 'besharam' tweet has not only led to his embarrassment on Twitter, but also earned him the ire of former cricketers who maintained that the tweet could spoil the cricketing relations between India and Pakistan.

AFTER PAKISTAN lost their semi-final to Sri Lanka in the ongoing T20 World Cup, it was Suresh Raina's embarrassing tweet, which became the point of focus in India. The tweet posted from his handle @ImRaina read, “Ek Do din late gaye ghar!!! woh bhi besharam ki tarah gaye...Bye bye Pakistan!!!!”

Karsan Ghavri, former Indian cricketer maintained that such things 'are not in good taste'. “This kind of thing spoils the relation between the two countries (India and Pakistan). Players should never write something like this”.

Given the reach of Internet and social networking sites, especially Facebook and Twitter, such kind of things spread like wildfire. Whether Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a note of the controversy, would be something to be watched for, given the fact that such 'irresponsible' behaviour can affect the spirit of the game.

Ghavri agrees that BCCI should take note of the issue, but doesn't feel that there is a need for any strong action. “He should be warned by the BCCI or the team management. He might have written this due to sheer frustration for not being able to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup,” Ghavri observed.

Besides the former cricketers, fans are also aghast at Raina's tweet, calling it a 'cheap' move. Shiv Sunny, an ardent cricket fan said: “It is a very shallow and a cheap thing to do because you can't say Pakistan did not deserve to go into the semis. They performed better than India.”

But sports journalist Nishath Nizar blames it on the 'lack of sense of humour' among Indians. “A big deal should not be made out of it. May be the usage of words in the tweet could have been better,” Nizar maintained. But many people wouldn't agree with Nizar's comment on the grounds that even Raina apologised for the tweet (so it wasn't written for humour) and even went on to blame his nephew for posting the tweet from his (Raina) account.

Why one would fail to accept Raina's nephew theory is that it took him more than 10 hours to realise 'smartphones are dangerous' when he tweeted that his nephew had posted the tweet. For this, Raina has already embarassed himself, at least on the microblogging site, where tweeple, with their great sense of humour have mocked him and his 'unknown' nephew. Said Krishna Yadav: “It (nephew tweeting) could be a possibility. But, I think he is just putting the blame on his nephew as he knows he has done something wrong.”

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