An Old Photo of Ishant Sharma Referring Daren Sammy as ‘Kalu’ Resurfaces on Social Media

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June 9, 2020 8:07 pm

A few days ago former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy had accused his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates of judging him on the basis of his color. Sammy had said that his IPL playmates used to pass racist remarks on him for his black skin color. He was called ‘kalu’ by his team  . Daren also revealed that he used to think that Kalu meant someone strong. However, he recently got to know the real meaning of that word and it made him really upset. 

Sammy’s claims were found to be true after a picture posted by his former SRH teammate Ishant Sharma resurfaced on the social media. A picture uploaded by Ishant during 2014 IPL went viral on social media. The Indian bowler had addressed his West Indies teammate as ‘Kaluu’ in the caption. 

Posting the picture of himself, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Daren Sammy, and Dale Steyn, Ishant had written, “Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers,” 

I was angry on finding out the meaning: Daren Sammy

On Monday, Daren had uploaded a video in which he slammed his former IPL teammates for passing degrading and racist comments on him. Sammy had played for SRH in 2013 and 2014. Though he didn’t reveal the names, he warned them to apologize to him soon for their remarks. 

Daren had posted the video with the caption, “So recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant, I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out. And please tell me there’s another meaning to that word. And when I was being called it, it was all in love,” 

In the video, he said, “I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people. I have embraced all the dressing rooms where I have played. So I was listening to Hasan Minhaj as to how some of the people in his culture describe black people,” 

“This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013-14, I was being called the exact same word which is degrading to us black people.

He further added, “I instantly got very angry about it knowing now what that word meant. I will be messaging those people. You guys know who you are. I must admit at that time when I was being called that, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, and I saw no problems because I was ignorant about what it meant” 

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