Neesham takes Trump’s side in mispronunciation controversy

While the USA President Donald Trump is being highly criticised for mispronouncing India great Sachin Tendulkar’s name, social media active New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham has come to Trump’s rescue.

According to Neesham, fans should stop spreading for Trump just because he mispronounced someone’s name. However he also indicated that there could be many other valid reasons to hate him.

“Why hate someone for the pronunciation of names they’ve never heard before when there are so, so, so many better reasons to hate them?” tweeted Neesham.

Earlier on Monday Trump ended up referring Sachin Tendulkar as “Soo-chin” at the “Namaste Trump” event in Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium.

While Trump was trying to give a special mention to Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, the visiting President failed to pronounce Sachin’s name properly, and in the end came up with a peculiar “Soo-chin Tendulkar”.

What Trump actually wanted to say was that the stadium was “where your people cheer on some of the world’s greatest cricket players from Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli,” prompting a smile from Modi and applause from the crowd.

Among others, even the International Cricket Council (ICC) also made fun of the incident, as they captained the video post, “Sach-Such-Satch-Sutch-Sooch-Anyone know”.

Besided this, Trump also tripped over other words, including Ahmedabad (“Ahba-bard”) and the word for tea-seller – chaiwalla –, which he pronounced as “cheewalla”, and he himself chuckled at his attempt to pronounce the name of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (“Swami Vivekamandan”).

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