Cricket great Sunil Gavaskar during the fourth and final Test between India and England urged Indians to simply say “chal phut (get lost)" to any and every foreign player criticizing the country’s pitches adding that the countrymen shall give no weightage to external opinions. Gavaskar was referring to the chatter and debate around Motera pitch that kicked off during England’s forgetful defeat in the extraordinary Third Test in Ahmedabad where the visitors were handed a 10-wicket defeat by India inside two days.
Appearing on a Star Sports segment during the first day of India and England’s final Test of four-match series, Gavaskar wondered why Indians gave importance to the countless opinions expressed by foreign players and said that one should pay no heed to what the former English cricketers (and others) had to say about the pitch. Giving them attention would mean that they would keep giving out their opinions, he said. The cricketer-turned-commentator brought up India’s debacle at the Adelaide where the side slumped to 36/9 but the media in Australia didn’t bother to report as to what the former Indian players had to say.
While Gavaskar uttered the words in a seemingly harmless manner, the phrase “chal phut" became the top trending topic on social media on Friday. However, it didn’t stop at that. Fans on Twitter have now taken veteran’s words quite literally and they have only one person to direct their tweets at- former English skipper Michael Vaughan.
Vaughan has been critical of the nature of the tracks since the second Test, which have assisted spin bowlers. As a result, India have bounced back from a defeat in the first Test to win the next two. His constant banters and jibes have not been received well especially by the cricket fans in India.
Whether the former England captain is praising the Indian unit for their superior performance in the fourth Test or taking light-hearted jibes at the opponents, desi fans have only one response to Vaughan- “chal phut".
Chal Phut— Abhinav (@Abhinav94528326) March 5, 2021
Chal Phut @MichaelVaughan #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/ygsmaVy6EE— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) March 4, 2021
Chal Phut !!! — Prajwal Shinde (@aplo_stochastis) March 5, 2021
Chal phut ..— kailash babu/ಕೈಲಾಶ್ (@kailashbabu7) March 5, 2021
Chal phut — Naveen (@_naveenish) March 4, 2021
Chal phut (get lost)— Lalit (@LalitSh69299754) March 6, 2021
As the great Sunil Gavaskar said… "CHAL PHUT"— Jason Bourne (@JasonBo04445354) March 5, 2021
#chal_phut— Pankaj Burman (@PankajB28868051) March 4, 2021
Coming back to action, India have extended a lead of 160 runs following a stunning century by Rishabh Pant (101) and a valuable, unbeaten knock of 96 by Washington Sundar. India eventually scored 365 in their first innings after England were bundled out for 205.
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