[caption id="attachment_581904" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-581904" alt="Virender Sehwag and Javed Akhtar have made the headlines lately Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/seh.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Virender Sehwag and Javed Akhtar have made the headlines lately Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who earlier criticised former cricketer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Virender-Sehwag" target="_blank">Virender Sehwag</a> for his comments on Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, has called him a "great player" and said he was retracting his harsh comments. Gurmehar is in the eye of a storm over her stance against student outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). <strong><a title="Virender Sehwag on Gurmehar Kaur: Everyone has right to express their views" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/virender-sehwag-on-gurmehar-kaur-everyone-has-right-to-express-their-views-581307" target="_blank">Virender Sehwag on Gurmehar Kaur: Everyone has right to express their views</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"Since Sehwag undoubtedly a great player has clarified he was just being facetious and is not anti-Gurmehar, I take back my rather harsh words," Akhtar posted on Twitter on Thursday night. Akhtar earlier called Sehwag "a hardly literate player" indirectly after the cricketer trolled Gurmehar. <p></p> <p></p>Kaur, a student of Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College, had posted on Facebook a photograph of herself holding a placard that read: "I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me", following last week's violence in Ramjas College in Delhi University. <p></p> <p></p>The post went viral online. She also held a poster, saying 'Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him'. <p></p> <p></p>Following this, Sehwag on February 26 posted his image holding a placard which read: "I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did," and said: "Bat me hai Dum! Bharat Jaisi Jagah Nahi (Bat has power! no place like India)." <p></p> <p></p>Akhtar didn't seem to have liked Sehwag's post and tweeted: "If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr it's understandable but what's wrong with some educated folks."