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Andrew Flintoff stirs hornet's nest, refuses to recognise Big B on Twitter

Andrew Flintoff stirs hornet’s nest, refuses to recognise Big B on Twitter

Former England cricketer may just have stuck his hand into a hornet’s nest when he claimed, albeit in jest, on Twitter that he did not recognise Bollywood mega-star Amitabh Bachchan.
The series of tweets started when Bachchan, ecstatic after Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 82 runs which helped India bag the semi-final berth in the ICC World T20, took to Twitter to praise the Indian batsman.
“T 2188 – VIIIIRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT !! You are simply genius!!,” tweeted Bachchan, and in another tweet he added, “T 2188 – @imVkohli you were brilliance times infinity !! Pure genius. Thank you for tonight! And may many more such nights come our way!!” T 2188 – @imVkohli you were brilliance times infinity !! Pure genius. Thank you for tonight ! And may many more such nights come our way !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2016
T 2188 – VIIIIRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT !! You are simply genius !! pic.twitter.com/KR7gp7otG4— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2016As Bachchan heaped rich praise on Kohli, Flintoff tweeted, “At this rate @imVkohli will be as good as @root66 one day ! Not sure who @englandcricket will meet in the final now !”— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) March 27, 2016Responding to Flintoff’s tweet, Bachchan asked who “Root” was.
Flintoff’s cheeky response, however, might have made him an enemy in the eyes of a billion Indians.Sorry who’s this ? ???? https://t.co/sjhs7HGT1d— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) March 27, 2016Flintoff responded to Bachchan by tweeting “Sorry who’s this?”
A user, using a parody handle of Kohli, responded to Flintoff’s tweet and wrote: “Visit Madame Tussauds, London. You’ll know who’s he.”.@flintoff11 @SrBachchan @imVkohli @root66 @englandcricket
Visit Madame Tussauds, London. You’ll know who’s he.
(@Bees_Kut) March 27, 2016One user, tweeting under the handle “@SirJadeja”, referred to Bachan’s iconic role in the movie “Shahenshah”. He tweeted, “Rishtey Me To Wo Tumhare Baap Lagtey Hain, Naam Hai Shahenshaah”. 😉 @SrBachchan #IndvsAus.”Beta @flintoff11,— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 27, 2016Of course, this is not the first time that an Indian celebrity or sportsperson has faced such an incident.
Referring to a similar incident involving tennis star Maria Sharapova, one particular user, tweeting under the handle “Sunil- The Cricketer”, tweeted: “Flintoff did not recognize Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter. It seems, Maria Sharapova is handling his twitter a/c.”Flintoff did not recognize Amitabh Bachchan on twitter . It seems, Maria Sharapova is handling his twitter a/c.— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 27, 2016Back in 2014, outraged reactions of Indian fans flooded Twitter and Facebook after a website, tennisworldusa.org, reported that Sharapova had no idea about who cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was.
In November last year, it was British Airways’ turn to face the ire of millions of Sachin fans when it responded to an irate Tendulkar by asking him his full name.  
One twitter user summarised what came the airlines’ way that day in his tweet, saying, “One minute silence for the bloke Managing @British_Airways Twitter Account today. Even God can’t give him strength as God only draining it.”