By Arré Bench Oct. 26, 2020
Taking a knee during a game against Rajasthan Royals, Hardik Pandya became the first player in the Indian Premier League to support the Black Lives Matter movement. He also joined a long list of Indian celebrities who have remained mum on caste atrocities and other social issues haunting India.
Hardik Pandya scored a phenomenal 21-ball 60 against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. But what’s making headlines is what he did after getting to his half-century. The Indian all-rounder took a knee and raised his right arm in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 25, 2020
Mumbai Indian’s skipper Kieron Pollard got up from the dugout and raised his right arm in support of the Indian all-rounder. It was a powerful moment of solidarity on an issue that has united large parts of the world.
Hardik Pandya took a knee and raised his hands, Kieron Pollard appreciated this gesture and raised his hands too. pic.twitter.com/PUW61s0RF1
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 25, 2020
In June, Darren Sammy had linked racism with the Indian Premier League. When he was playing with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, he alleged that he was called “kaalu”, along with Sri Lanka’s Thisara Periera. Everyone around would start laughing and since he was a teamman, he never questioned it. “Now, I realise it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you as to when you called me with that name, did you all mean it in any bad way or form?” Sammy said in a powerful video message posted on Instagram in June.