Feroz Shah Kotla: The Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) Tuesday decision to rechristen Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium did not go well with the social media users. They slammed the cricket body for renaming the stadium in memory of former finance minister Arun Jaitley who died on Saturday, August 24, at Delhi’s AIIMS.

The renaming ceremony will be held on September 12. Also, a stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be named after India skipper Virat Kohli. The DDCA president Rajat Sharma said that it was Jaitley’s efforts that players like Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Rishabh Pant and many others could make India proud.

Twitter users strongly opposed the DDCA for renaming the stadium. Many netizens posted tweets, harshly criticizing the decision. Some even suggested that the names of the country’s monuments should also be renamed. 

  • Taking a dig at the cricket body, a netizen said that world-famous monuments and country’s institutions should be renamed. The names he suggested are Taj Mahal to Sushma Mahal, Qutub Minar to Atal Minar, Defence Ministry to Mahohar Bhawan.
  • While attaching memories with the Feroz Shah Kotla, a Twitter user said that the historical stadium would always remain same for him. Her opined that rechristening the stadium is like an attack on his personal memories attached to it.
  • Another social media user said that by renaming Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Arun Jaitley stadium, 136 years of history has been wiped out in a matter of minutes.

Here are the social media reactions: 

Only an hour after announcement was made on Twitter, the DDCA posted a confusing tweet saying that the stadium has been named after Jaitley, but the name of the ground will remain as Feroz Shah Kotla.

A Twitter user suggested the DDCA to not stop here, instead rename the fielding positions like Savar cover, extra Savar cover, deep extra Savar cover. He was referring to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, known as the father of Hindutva. 

Another Twitter user asked whether the pitch and outfield will have different names as well. 


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