5 Embarrassing Off-The-Field Moments That Got Cricketers In Trouble With Their Fans

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Every year, the popularity of international cricket grows by leaps and bounds, as does the celebrity of these world-class athletes. However, popularity comes with a great degree of responsibility for what you do on and off the field, especially in today’s digital age.

If you make a mistake, you could land up on a list like this. Here are five embarrassing off-field incidents that have gotten international cricketers into hot water with their fans:

1. Yuzvendra Chahal – Tweeting For Numbers

© Twitter – Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal, it turns out, was no stranger to social media even before it was invented.

which inadvertently sparked his desire to make videos. The Indian bowler had only recently joined Twitter in December 2011 and was still learning how to use it.

He was, it turns out, asking for the contact information of various Twitter users by sending out tweets to the entire world!

2. Chris Gayle – Don’t Blush Baby

During the 2015-2016 Big Bash League season, Christopher Henry Gayle was fined A$10,000 for making “inappropriate” statements to Mel McLaughlin, an Australian cricketer reporter. “It’s lovely to see your eyes for the first time,” Gayle said during the interview. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a drink afterward. “Baby, don’t blush.”

Gayle eventually apologised for what he described as a “simple joke”:

3. Hardik Pandya – Aaj Karke Aaya

Hardik Pandya opted to talk about how he used to get involved with several women as a guest on Karan Johar’s talk programme Koffee With Karan, and even recounted the storey of telling his parents he’d lost his virginity.

“I enjoy seeing and watching how they (women) move around the club.” Pandya explained, “I’m from the Black side, so I need to observe how they move.”

“I came home after losing my virginity and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.” “At a party, my parents asked me, ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (who is your interest here?)’ so I answered, ‘yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women),’ and they were like, ‘waah proud of you beta,'” he continued.

4. Aditya Tare – Messing With Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan, an Indian Bollywood actor, was banned for five years from visiting Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium after a violent fight with a few members of the Maharashtra Cricket Association during an IPL match in 2012.

Mumbai Indians wicket-keeping batsman decided to go on Twitter calling out the actor for being “drunk” and even expressed happiness over him being banned. 

© Twitter – Aditya Tare

5. Yuzvendra Chahal – Sliding Into Random Woman’s DM

It’s been said that the only way to learn is to make errors, and while Yuzvendra Chahal did learn how to slip into ladies’ DMs, he probably forgot how easy it is to grab screenshots.

In 2018, a random woman was DMed by someone from Chahal’s official Instagram account. Chahal later admitted in the same chat that he wasn’t the one who texted her ‘in case she thought so.’

Yuzi, I’m sure you don’t think so. Obviously not.