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Howzat? Social Media in Fits of Laughter at Donald Trump’s Pronunciation of Indian Cricket Legend

Cricket fans on social media were in stitches on Monday, 24 February, after hearing US President Donald Trump pronounce the name of one of the sport’s most famous players.

Trump was reading a speech from a teleprompter at the brand new 110,000-seater Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad when he stumbled across the name of Sachin Tendulkar, who captained India to victory in the Cricket World Cup in 2011.

​Trump overdid the pronunciation and it came out as “Soo-chin Tendlekerr” and prompted an immediate reaction on Twitter and other social media.

​His mangled rendition of the current captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli’s surname also produced fits of virtual laughter on the internet.

​A short while later his host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accidentally retaliated by pronouncing the US President’s name as “Doland Trump”.

​Trump and the First Lady, Melania, are on their first state visit to India and one of his tasks was to be the guest of honour at the formal opening of the US$100 million stadium, which will be the biggest cricket venue in the world.

​Indians are obsessed with cricket and the new stadium in Gujarat - where Modi was chief minister until 2014 - is expected to host Test cricket but will not host an Indian Premier League team because the Gujarat Lions were banned after the team was linked to illegal betting.

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