David Warner has this afternoon apologised to Rohit Sharma for not speaking Hindi.
Warner was fined 50% of his match fee after telling Rohit to ‘speak English’ after he couldn’t understand what was said to him.
‘I was standing near Sharma and he said something to me I couldn’t quite understand.
It sounded something like “Teri ma Ki” but I can’t be sure.
That’s about the only Hindi I know.
It means “Andrew Symons” right?
Warner says that because he couldn’t understand clearly, he asked Rohit to use English in all future correspondence.
‘I understand that Indian cricket is very powerful. It was silly of me to have asked Rohit to speak to me in a language I understand.
It was poor judgement on my behalf to not study Hindi at school. I went for Urdu instead.
I never have any problems with the Pakistani players.
“Shabash Younis Shabash!”
I understand them well. ‘
Warner went on to highlight that given he has apologised for not speaking Hindi, he hopes that Martin Crowe will forgive him.
‘ I’m not sure why Martin is gunning for me?
It’s not as though I made a racist remark.
I never said something like, for example, that Darryl Taffy would be a crap cricketer because he is Maori.
If I had done something like that, I’d red card myself right out of the sport.’
Warner was referring to a recent Crowe article where he described the Australian opener as ‘the most juvenile cricketer I have seen on a cricket field.’
‘Geez, Crowe is being a little bit harsh I reckon.
How has he rated me worse than Andre Nel, Sreesanth or Jade Dernbach?
These guys were absolute tossbags.
What about Billy Bowden? Ok, he’s not a cricketer, but Jesus, he’s such a flog.
All I did was show my lack of language skills and I’ve apologised to India for that.
To make things right, I’m holding all of my future press releases in Hindi’.