Yash Dayal, the left-arm pacer from Gujarat Titans, stated on Monday that his official Instagram handle was hacked following the circulation of a controversial post with religious undertones and a subsequent apology.
The Uttar Pradesh native is notably remembered for being hit for five consecutive sixes by KKR's Rinku Singh during an IPL match.
In the morning, a cartoon vilifying a specific community was posted from Dayal's Instagram account, but it was later deleted along with an apology. In the evening, a statement from Gujarat Titans' PR team revealed that Dayal has filed a complaint with Instagram authorities, alleging that his official handle had been compromised.
The statement provided to the media clarified the situation: "Two stories were posted on my Insta handle today, neither of which were done by me. I have reported the matter to the authorities as I believe someone else is accessing and using my account for posting. I am actively working to regain full control of my Instagram account. I hold utmost respect for all communities, and the shared picture today does not reflect my true beliefs."
Dayal, who represents Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, also featured for India A last year.