South African fast bowler Dale Steyn made a statement on Twitter recently:

"Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not"

What is he apologising for? What's the meaning of the phrase "thinking they not"?

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    Poor grammar, typo, or possibly even regional slang. Take your pick. Perhaps its a sarcastic response to 'Virat and billions'... much like "told you so!" is when pointing out someone's error. The fact it's been deleted alludes to it being a regrettable statment.
    – user19179
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 21:57

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It sounds like a typo (supported by the fact that I can't find the tweet anymore so it might have been deleted) or an unfinished sentence. "thinking they not" does not make any sense without a lot of added words.

  • Maybe this could lead you to the Twitter post:Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) Tweeted: @NeilManthorp Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not twitter.com/DaleSteyn62/status/1161290269746237441?s=17
    – user343802
    Commented Aug 14, 2019 at 12:47
  • Thanks! I wasn't looking for replies. Still stand by my statement though, the tweet does not make sense.
    – Borgh
    Commented Aug 14, 2019 at 13:53

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