In the past few days, crossing lines came at a cost.
To begin with, Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah’s ill-famed no-ball at the India-Pakistan match stemmed from a crossed line. Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman went on to score 114 runs and India lost the match by 180 runs.
Secondly, a Jaipur Traffic Police campaign advocating road safety piggybacked on Bumrah’s ‘crossed line’ in order to drive home the point that one must be careful to NOT cross the line. After all, it can prove costly, like it did for Bumrah.
Thirdly, Bumrah lashed out at Jaipur Police for crossing the line by using his no-ball as an analogy to serve as a warning for citizens. Bumrah sarcastically claimed that this is the respect one gets despite one’s best efforts to serve the country.
Last but not least, the ‘crossed line’ seemingly came at the cost of authentic news.
Sure, the internet was flooded with the ‘Bumrah-road-safety’ story. And that DID happen. No argument.
However, if you were to believe every detail in these reports, you would have thought that the offending ad appeared in Pakistan – of course. Well, here’s proof that the Jaipur Traffic Police put the hoarding out and NOT, as those reports would have you believe, the Faisalabad City Traffic Police.
The official Twitter account of the Jaipur Traffic Police DID put out a tweet advocating their social media campaign, of which the hoarding was a part. A few hours after Bumrah’s tweet, the handle issued an apology too.
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Jaipur Traffic Police replied with a statement:
Let’s just hope no more lines are crossed, at anyone’s cost!