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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Donald Trump stumbles on Indian names, Hindi word during speech at Motera stadium in India (video)

During Donald Trump's visit to India on Monday, February 24, the US President gave a special mention to cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. However, he stumbled over their names.

In a speech during a rally with the prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad – the world’s largest cricket stadium – Trump incorrectly pronounced the name of India’s greatest ever player Sachin Tendulkar.

Viewers noticed this and took to Twitter to comment on it.

"Something about Donald Trump's pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar tells me he isn't a huge cricket fan," @AndySilke wrote in reaction to the video.

The US President also has a problem pronouncing Virat Kohli's name, an error Twitter users feel a president shouldn't make, since he should have been prepared by practising the pronunciation of the names ahead of his speech.

Reacting to Trump's error, Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, jokingly asked on its Twitter account whether anyone knew if "Sooch-", "Sutch-", or other variations of Tendulkar’s first name were correct.

Trump also stumbled over other words, including Ahmedabad ( which he pronounced as Ahba-bard) and the word for tea-seller – chaiwalla –, which he pronounced as "cheewalla", and he himself chuckled at his attempt to pronounce the name of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda ( which he pronounced as Swami Vivekamandan").

Watch the video below.

Andy Silke@andysilke

Something about Donald Trump's pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar tells me he isn't a huge cricket fan

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