As President of the United States, Donald Trump referred to Sachin Tendulkar as 'Soo-chin' at the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad's Motera Stadium, former England skipper Michael Vaughan mocked the POTUS over him mispronouncing the master blaster's name.
"How are you today Sue Chin @sachin_rt!!! #Face with tears of joy #DonaldTrumpIndiaVisit," Vaughan tweeted.
How are you today Sue Chin @sachin_rt !!!! #😂 #DonaldTrumpIndiaVisit— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2020
On Monday, Trump gave a special mention to Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. However, the visiting President was not able to pronounce Sachin's name and ended up saying -- "Soo-chin Tendulkar".
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday trolled Trump. They shared a a video and wrote, " Sach- Such- Satch- Sutch- Sooch- Anyone know?"
Sach-— ICC (@ICC) February 24, 2020
Anyone know? pic.twitter.com/nkD1ynQXmF
In his speech on Monday, Trump mispronounced even Swami Vivekananda's name. "The great religious teacher Swami Vivekanon-non," said the US President.
My frand Dolan Tramp don't know how to pronounce Swamy Vivekananda, Sholay, Sachin and Virat. pic.twitter.com/OjJwF0ItjZ— 𝕽𝖎𝖆𝖟 𝕬𝖍𝖒𝖊𝖉 (@karmariaz) February 24, 2020
Even former England cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, took to his Twitter account to slam the US President. He wrote to Piers Morgan, who is a good friend of Trump, and told him ask Trump to research before pronouncing names. Pietersen wrote, "FFS, @piersmorgan, pls ask your mate to do some research in pronouncing legends names?!"
FFS, @piersmorgan, pls ask your mate to do some research in pronouncing legends names?! https://t.co/eUGuCNReaM— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 24, 2020
As soon as Trump mentioned the names of the two biggest cricketers to come out from India, the entire Motera Stadium erupted in joy and a loud cheer. Even India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen having a big smile when the names of Tendulkar and Kohli were mentioned.
The US president also heaped praises on Modi as he described him as an "exceptional leader" who works day and night for India.
Modi is a "living proof" of what an Indian can achieve with hard work as Trump referred to his humble background as a tea-seller, who had a landslide win in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
As the world's largest economy, India gives hope to all humanity and has become an economic giant, Trump said.
"Namaste, it is a great honour for me to be here," the US president said, describing India as an amazing nation.
"There is a difference between a nation that rises by coercion and one that rises by setting its people free - that is India. India and the US have natural and enduring friendship," he said.
Trump also touched on India's cultural diversity and riches as he highlighted the success of its blockbuster movies like DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) and Sholay.
The 'Namaste Trump' event is based on the lines of the 'Howdy Modi' programme that was addressed by Narendra Modi and Trump during the Prime Minister's trip to Houston last September.
(With Agency Inputs)