Indian fans were happily surprised to see two prime characters of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” watch a match of cricket. But that happiness was short-lived, with many fans claiming that the joke that followed was in incredibly poor taste.
A recent episode of the comedy showed Indian American actor Kunal Nayyar, who plays Rajesh Koothrappali, and Howard Wolowitz, played by Simon Helberg, watching a cricket match being screened at a bar. The sequence from the seventh episode of the 11th season, in which Rajesh is all pumped up and Howard not so much, involved the mentions of Indian cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, albeit in a confusing way.
The conversation unfolded like this: “I don’t get how you can enjoy cricket, it makes no sense!” Howard tells Rajesh.
“That’s Ravichandran Ashwin, he is amazing. He makes Hardik Pandya look like Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” replies Rajesh.
“Wooah, wooah, wooah! Save syllables for the rest of us,” says a baffled Wolowitz.
And while the joke might have amused the writers, fans weren’t taking any of it. Many followers flocked to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
“Seriously @kunalnayyar you let them write “@ashwinravi99 Ravichandran Ashwin makes @hardikpandya7 look like @BhuviOfficial Bhuvneshwar Kumar”? Did you even watch the India New Zealand series? wrote one angry fan.
Upset over the ignorant comments, one follower commented: “hey @billprady @ashwinravi99 Ashwin is an offspinner. @hardikpandya7 is a rookie year allrounder (pace bowler/batsman). @BhuviOfficial Kumar is a swing bowler. So, you see why I have an issue with “Ashwin makes Hardik look like Bhuvneshwar”? Makes no sense! #BigBangTheory.”
“‘R.Ashwin makes Hardik Pandya look like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.’ This statement makes less sense than the entire TBBT show,” wrote another upset fan.
In the same vein, questioning the premise of the show, which follows the lives of four scientists, one Twitter user wrote: “I imagine the yuckiness I’m feeling at the nonsense analogy in this scene is how scientists must feel at *everything* else in this show all the time.”
One fan, however, saw a silver lining in this analogy: “That statement, however, makes no sense. :) But congratulations @ashwinravi99. You are now a star in USA.”
The show, currently in its 11th season, is a huge hit not only in the U.S. but in India as well.
Watch the scene here: