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Indian American Entrepreneur Faces Social Media Backlash for ‘Fat Shaming’ Indian Cricketer

Indian American Entrepreneur Faces Social Media Backlash for ‘Fat Shaming’ Indian Cricketer

  • Ankur Nagpal commented on the Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw’s physical appearance despite his stellar performance for the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

Indian American entrepreneur Ankur Nagpal faced backlash on social media after his post body shaming cricketer Prithvi Shaw went viral. Last week, Sahw, a former Indian international player, delivered a solid 244 off just 153 balls. His exceptional performance enabled his team — Northamptonshire County Cricket Club —to defeat Somerset by 87 runs in the One-Day Cup on July 10 at the County Ground in Northampton, England. Nagpal, founder of Ocho and Teachable, shared an image of Shaw on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Indian diet and genetics are unparalleled,” he wrote. “This is a 23 year old Indian athlete. 23!”

Desis on the social media platform didn’t take Nagpal’s comment lightly, and called him out for what they described as racist. There were calls for Nagpal to introspect, while some pointed out that cricketers who would not be traditionally deemed fit have gone on to win matches and score centuries. 

Shobhan Ojha, who describes himself as a fitness coach, talked about past cricketers like Arjun Ranatunga or Inzamam ul Haq or Virender Sehwag were never considered “fit,” but were “match winners for the respective teams they played for.”

One of the people to respond to the post was author, entrepreneur and content creator Ankur Warikoo.“Bet his mom thinks “patla ho gaya hai” :)))” he wrote. He was not spared either. He later apologized. “I realize my mistake after people’s responses,” he wrote. “This pic is Prithvi Shaw’s who lost his mother at the age of 4. Which makes my post extremely insensitive and not something I am proud of,” he added. “In an attempt to invoke my mom’s natural reaction to my fitness levels in my 20s, I made a horrible mistake.”

A few days after his remarkable performance, Shaw made a century  to give his team a six-wicket victory over Durham in the One-Day Cup. He scored an unbeaten 125 off just 76 balls with 15 fours and seven sixes. This time, however, the cricketer got nothing but praise and accolades for his stellar batting.  

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