After the Test and T20I series, the action has moved towards the One-Day International (ODI) series between India and England. The first ODI of the three-match series began in Pune on Tuesday, with England winning the toss and asking India to bat first.
Ahead of the ODI series, the visitors had announced their squad, and spinner Matt Parkinson was added to the side. Parkinson has so far played two ODIs and as many T20Is. Although the leg-spinner could not get a chance to feature in England’s playing XI for the first ODI, but he started trending on social media for all the wrong reasons.
Parkinson’s old tweets concerning Indian cricketers from 2012 to 2014 have resurfaced online, where he used some derogatory language. The 24-year-old had called Team India players ‘cheat’ and termed Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former international MS Dhoni as ‘disgraces’. In some of his other tweets, he even called Kohli arrogant.
The bowler has deleted many of these tweets, but Indian fans have managed to dig them up again after taking screenshots.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Mumbaikar Sunny G (@IamnotHypocrite) March 22, 2021
Just seen some old tweets from matt parkinson about india, kohli and dhoni. The abuse which is going to get thrown at him will be absolutely hilarious 🤣🤣
— Rishin Patel (@RishinPatel03) March 22, 2021
— R I S H A B H (@BeingRishabhT) March 22, 2021
ENGLAND SQUAD HAS A PLAYER NAMED MATT PARKINSON 🥸
— ISHAN ICT (@INDIANCRIKET_18) March 21, 2021
— GOURAV HANS (@Gouravhns) March 23, 2021
— Prakash Sawant (@Prakash_Sawant) March 23, 2021
Matt Parkinson trying to understand why this is happening to him: pic.twitter.com/7Elz6cTOqx
— Alagappan Vijayakumar (@IndianMourinho) February 5, 2020
— S U R Y A (@GenuineViratFan) March 23, 2021
— Shiva Teja (@ShivaIzTweetin) March 23, 2021
— S & S (@FakeIPLsWarrior) March 21, 2021
This is what England has to offer.
You gotta feel pity for humans like him, this guy must have been in school back then. I wonder what are they teaching about sportsmanship. @ECB_cricket @ICC @BCCI @mattyparky96 #INDvEND pic.twitter.com/EOCi1bIzJk
— Nipun Jain 🇮🇳 (@speakwithnipun) March 22, 2021
Hey @mattyparky96 who the hell ru to criticize someone like @imVkohli & @imjadeja ? someone has already 70 💯s in INTL cricket & another 1 has a tag of best All-rounder of modern day cricket..It's clearly shows that u have no idea about cricket..now VK will show u His standard..
— Debojit Nath (@Deb22dn) March 23, 2021
Hey @mattyparky96 remember this. It's show time. Just one thing mate your carrier can be over after this series. Just pray that you don't get selected in playing 11 @imVkohli payback time bro#INDvENG @englandcricket @ECB_cricket. pic.twitter.com/U8mFtJg5ZJ
— Gary (@Garisticism) March 23, 2021