Donald Trump received a huge welcome during his visit to India this week, but his pronunciation of two cricket legends hailing from the nation didn’t go to plan.
The 45th President of the US was speaking at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday when he paid credit to India for the fine cricketers they have produced.
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“This is the country where your people cheer on some of the world’s greatest cricket players, from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli,” Trump said.
But it didn’t go according to plan after butchering the names and instead pronouncing ‘Soo-chin Tendulkar’ and ‘Vir-ot Kohli’.
The pronunciation had social media in stitches.
This included the English cricket team with fast-bowlers Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson getting in on the fun.
😂😂😂— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) February 24, 2020
Something about Donald Trump's pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar tells me he isn't a huge cricket fan pic.twitter.com/stFhq46MLx— Andy Silke (@andysilke) February 24, 2020
🤦🏻♂️— James Anderson (@jimmy9) February 24, 2020
Say what you want about Donald but he knows a thing or two about cricket 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/xmC6shNzoW— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) February 24, 2020
You learn something new every day from Donald Trump. Apparently there is a great Indian cricketer called Soo Chin Tendul Kerrr.— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) February 24, 2020
I wonder if he’s a better player than Sachin Tendulkar..? pic.twitter.com/tYsJngStA6
Modi invited Donald Trump To India Just To Insult Sachin Tendulkar & Virat Kohli.— CriCkeT KinG🤴🏻💎 (@imtheguy007) February 24, 2020
Donald Trump’s pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar sounds like he’s auditioning for a new 12th Man series.— Kat (@katjhammo) February 24, 2020
It took me a full 30 seconds to work out whose name Trump was trying to say here and then I fell off my chair pic.twitter.com/UPMlOn0uud— Alan White (@aljwhite) February 24, 2020
Pronouncing Tendulkar’s name correctly should have been of huge importance to Trump considering the Indian cricket legend’s standing as a hero in the nation.
Tendulkar is widely considered one of the best batsmen of all-time and is the leading run scorer in both Test and ODI history.
Kohli is also currently the World No.1 batsman and is set to go down as one of the best ODI players of all time.