'Every Indian should know Hindi' - Commentator faces criticism for calling Hindi as mother tongue of all Indians

‘Every Indian should know Hindi’ – Commentator faces criticism for calling Hindi as mother tongue of all Indians

The commentators later apologised for their comments.

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The ninth and final round of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season is currently in progress with Karnataka facing Baroda in one of the matches at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. The game is being streamed live on Hotstar at the moment and it is in the news for the wrong reasons. The Hindi commentators, during the game on Thursday, insisted for every Indian to know Hindi and termed it as the mother tongue of every person in the country.

The statement hasn’t gone down well with a section of fans as they have criticised the commentators for the same. The incident took place during the seventh over of Baroda’s second innings when they started speaking about Sunil Gavaskar commentating in Hindi these days.

This is when one of the commentators went on to create the controversy by saying, “Hindustan mein har hindustani ko Hindi chahiye. Ye humari maatru bhasha hai. Isse badi bhasha humare liye hai hi nahi.” (which roughly translates to – In India every Indian should know Hindi. It is our Mother tongue. No language is bigger than that for us).

The other commentator also then supported his colleague’s argument stating that he gets angry when any cricketer asks why they should know Hindi.

After scathing criticism, commentators apologise

After listening to the commentators, Twitter was filled with the tweets criticising them even as some of them asked BCCI and Star Sports to axe the duo. However, soon after the matter went out of hands on social media, both the Hindi commentators apologised for their comments on-air and also gave the explanation for the same.

As far as the match is concerned, Karnataka are dominating the proceedings. They first bundled out Baroda for just 85 runs in the first innings and then went on to score 233 runs taking a lead of 148 runs. However, Baroda are faring decently in their second essay and are getting close to Karnataka’s lead. It will be interesting to see how the match pans out as the hosts should avoid losing the game to qualify for the knockouts.

Here are some of the tweets: