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    Criticising people on social media – what could be easier? Well, it turns out it can go very wrong if your English skills leave something to be desired.

    Indian Cricketer Virender Sewag has a big audience of 20 million followers on Twitter, but he still didn’t expect that his post about Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan would draw the attention of so many users. Sewag shared Khan’s interview with US broadcaster MSNBC, in which the PM spoke about infrastructure and how he saw cars bumping on New York's roads.

    The interviewer burst into laughing and said: “You don’t sound right now like a prime minister from Pakistan. You sound like a voter from the Bronx, who would complain about the infrastructure”.

    Commenting on the video, Sewag wrote: "You sound like a welder from the Bronx, says the anchor. After the pathetic speech in the UN a few days ago, this man seems to be inventing new ways to humiliate himself”.

    His mistake prompted an unstoppable torrent of comments.


    Users were curious to know what’s wrong with being a welder?

    ​Some were surprised that Sewag didn’t understand such a simple word.

    ​Others defended Khan, saying Sewag couldn’t criticise either his cricketing skills or his political career.

    ​Yet more users honed their meme skills.

    ​Incidentally, this is not the first language gaffe in India-Pakistan ties. Spokesman for the Pakistani Army Asif Ghafoor was inundated with comments after he called Kashmir the jugular *vain* of Pakistan.

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