Virender Sehwag and Javed Akhtar have made the headlines lately    Getty Images
Virender Sehwag and Javed Akhtar have made the headlines lately Getty Images

Renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who earlier criticised former cricketer Virender Sehwag 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). Virender Sehwag on Gurmehar Kaur: Everyone has right to express their views

“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.

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.

The post went viral online. She also held a poster, saying ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him’.

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).”

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.”