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India vs Australia 1st Test: Shane Warne Irks Twitterati For 'Casual Racism'

India vs Australia 1st Test: Shane Warne Irks Twitterati For 'Casual Racism'

Australian legend Shane Warne was slammed on social media after he started discussing Cheteshwar Pujara's alleged nickname at Yorkshire Country Club, where the 32-year-old was playing county cricket.

Australian legend Shane Warne was slammed on social media after he started discussing Cheteshwar Pujara‘s alleged nickname at Yorkshire Country Club, where the 32-year-old was playing county cricket. Warne paid no heed to the fact that he was ON-AIR and conceded that English players found it difficult to pronounce his name-Cheteshwar.

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Racism in English county Yorkshire has been a raging issue since their former captain, a Pakistan-born 29-year-old made some stunning revelations. An ESPN Cricinfo report has stated that every person of ‘colour’ was called by a nickname ‘Steve’. That included India batter Cheteshwar Pujara.

Even when India toured Australia in 2018, senior commentator Kerry O’Keeffe had made some remarks about the Indian batsman.Pujara had said earlier that it was a nickname given to him by him teammates at Yorkshire because they could not pronounce his first name.“Well I would prefer Cheteshwar, but it’s difficult to pronounce so the guys have come up with Steve,” Pujara is quoted as saying by ESPN in this cricket.com.au report in 2018.

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“But personally, I would prefer Cheteshwar. Jack Brooks started off with this. He couldn’t pronounce my first name so he was asking me what nickname do I have. I said I don’t have any. “So they said, ‘we will start calling you Steve’. Initially, they started calling me ‘Puj’, but they have started calling me Steve again. It’s a good nickname, but I prefer Cheteshwar.”

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