The Times of India somehow manages to rake in controversy on social media. At times it is to do with the publication’s reportage on a leading Bollywood actress’s cleavage, or a silly typo. This time the typo is a fatal one as it has killed the god of cricket Sachin Tendulkar.
Ever since the world has been condoling the tragic demise of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes and have been ‘putting out their bats’ as a tribute to the young cricketer’s soul, publications are sharing condolences from the cricketing community. This morning, the subscribers of the largest selling daily newspaper, Times Of India, were amused to see a condolence message by Sachin Tendulkar to Phil’s family where the message also includes a ‘Rest in Peace for Sachin Tendulkar’!
“Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP Sachin Tendulkar.” – Sachin Tendulkar.
Here is what India’s favourite cricketer had shared yesterday on his condolence tweet to Philip Hughes:
Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 27, 2021
Twitter has been showing mixed reactions, while the TOI Twitter handle hasn’t made any formal apology. A few Twitterati have reported the latest TOI editions have been corrected for the typo.
RIP Tendulkar? They shud rename themselves to Times Of Indecency. Horrible tactics to be in the spotlight regularly. pic.twitter.com/M9fFdcl3dR — Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) November 28, 2021
RIP editing & proof-reading! RT @Chaitanya_13: Oh, this is just sad. pic.twitter.com/kGz36a9sc9
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) November 28, 2021
I am convinced that @timesofindia makes errors in its reporting only to get viral on social.
— Rachita Vaid (@RachitaVaid) November 28, 2021
I think it’s great that TOI is employing mentally disabled kids as their editors. pic.twitter.com/zG0iW0IEWT — Ms. Chanandler Bong (@facepalm92) November 28, 2021
Biggest blunder of the century…. Times of India said RIP Sachin Tendulkar #PhilHughes #MufflerMan pic.twitter.com/iiP9S5M6Or — Anshul Singh (@aye_lallan) November 28, 2021
TOI canteen should stop selling weed.
— A La Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 28, 2021
Which edition of TOI made that Tendulkar error? This is what was in my copy in Mumbai. Seems alright. #Nontroversy pic.twitter.com/H14UR2HWzh
— Vijayeta (@SacredInsanity) November 28, 2021
If it is a deliberate typo, then its a really sad trick to get people talking about you. We just hope it isn’t!