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Rohit Sharma Accused of ‘Disrespecting Indian Flag’ Over New Profile Picture

Rohit Sharma’s Recent Victory

India’s captain Rohit Sharma has been widely praised for leading the team to victory in the T20 World Cup in Barbados, breaking their ICC trophy drought. His bold batting style and excellent leadership have earned him widespread admiration. India made history as the first undefeated team to win the tournament, securing their first ICC title in 11 years.

The Controversial Profile Picture

Despite the ongoing celebrations, Rohit Sharma faced backlash after changing his profile picture on the social media platform X on Monday evening. Many fans disapproved of Rohit’s photo choice, accusing him of disrespecting the Indian flag.

Instead of selecting an image from India’s iconic T20 World Cup victory, Rohit opted for a picture of himself planting the Indian flag at the Kensington Oval in Barbados after defeating South Africa in the final.

Fans’ Reactions

While Rohit’s aim may have been to highlight India’s cricketing prowess, fans viewed this act as inappropriate on foreign soil, interpreting it as symbolizing territorial ownership. The primary issue, however, was the condition of the Indian flag in Rohit’s profile photo.

In the picture, the flag was visible touching the ground. Supporters highlighted a section from the 1971 Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, which states, “The flag shall not be allowed intentionally to touch the ground, the floor, or trail in water.”

Rohit Sharma’s Retirement and Future Plans

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has announced his retirement from T20Is but will continue leading the Indian cricket team in ODIs and Tests. He expressed his deep emotions during the T20 World Cup victory by scraping off parts of the pitch and a blade of grass and putting it in his mouth, symbolizing the moment when all their dreams came true.

Upcoming Matches

Rohit and Virat Kohli, who have also retired from T20Is, are unlikely to feature in the Sri Lanka ODI series due to a long break from cricket. They are expected to return for the home Test season, featuring two matches against Bangladesh and three against New Zealand, followed by the Border-Gavaskar Trophy tour to Australia.


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