Former India cricketers Aakash Chopra and Deep Dasgupta have hit out at Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy, for her casual comments on the complaints of the Indian cricket team regarding their quarantine in Brisbane.
Healy, who plays for the women’s national team, took a dig at the Indian team’s complaints about the hotel they have been put up in, saying that the Australia and the New Zealand women’s national teams had also been quarantined at the same hotel in Brisbane last year without complaints.
“The Aus and NZ women’s teams did their quarantine in the same hotel last year. Here’s a shock – we survived….,” Healy had tweeted on Wednesday.
Deep Dasgupta said that sportspersons have to be careful about what they say and cannot be flippant.
“Oh absolutely, no two ways, we all have to be very very responsible, especially sports people as we are taken very seriously. Like it or not, we have responsibilities, we have duties, so we have to be very very careful about what we say and how we say it, how we communicate and the language.
“You can’t just say I don’t care, you have to care, and especially in this day and age where the social media is so vibrant. You have got to be careful and treat yourself seriously and you can’t just be flippant,” said Deep Dasgupta on Sports Today.
Aakash Chopra added that the social media space is not for people who tend to be impulsive, and said that people should think several times before posting things on the Internet.
“Yes, I really think quite strongly for a fair amount of time (before putting up a post). This platform, the social media is not for impulsive people. And sports people, public figures and the media influencers can also be very impulsive.
“So the whole thing is that don’t be impulsive. Think 25 times or 1000 times before you actually post it because you might end up regretting it later,” he said.
Team India got some relief on Wednesday as they have been allowed access to gym and swimming pool at the team hotel in Brisbane. Housekeeping will also be available from as India prepare for the 4th and final Test of the series against Australia.