Bengaluru: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday (April 1) clarified his message of support to ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s foundation after he faced angry reactions from netizens.

Yuvraj, in a vide message posted on his Twitter account, had asked everyone to support Shahid Afridi Foundation as it was helping those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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He wrote, “These are testing times, it’s time to lookout for each other specially the ones who are lesser fortunate. Lets do our bit, I am supporting @SAfridiOfficial  & @SAFoundationN  in this noble initiative of covid19. Pls donate on http://donatekarona.com #StayHome @harbhajan_singh (sic).”

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Afridi replied to this tweet and thanked the Indian cricketers. “Thank you for all you support-both yourself & my brother @harbhajan_singh are huge pillars of support; this bond we have shows love & peace transgresses borders when it comes to humanity especially. Best wishes to you with your noble endeavours with @YOUWECAN #DonateKaroNa (sic).”

Many Twitter users were furious with Yuvraj for supporting Pakistan. There were angry reactions on social media. Now, the 2011 World Cup hero has issued a statement where he said his message was “blown out of proportion”.

He posted on his Twitter account, “I really don't understand how a msg to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion! All I tried to achieve via that msg was to help ppl in our respective countries by providing healthcare, my intention was not to hurt anyone's feelings. I'm an Indian and I will always bleed blue and will always stand for humanity. jai hind (folded hands and Indian flag emojis) (sic).”