Mohammad Shami ‘horribly abused’ online after Pakistan’s humiliating defeat
Indian right-arm pacer was abused online by the Indian fans after the defeat to Pakistan, although Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his side had been “Outplayed”.
Violence against Muslims was reported in India after Pakistan outplayed India by 10 wickets to post their first victory against their biggest rivals in the T20 World Cup.
Indian pacer Mohammad Shami is being the main target of Indian fans after the defeat in Dubai. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli revealed that his side had been “Outplayed”.
After the great defeat, Indian fans took to Instagram and start passing the abusive comments on Mohammad Shami’s post.
Shami is being criticized by fans saying he was a “traitor” and the trolls have not been kind to him.
On the other side, many Indian players including former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan spoke out in support of Shami, saying he had also been part of the India vs Pakistan game where India has lost the match but has never been told to go to Pakistan.
The former Indian opener Virender Sehwag tweeted that he is shocked by seeing the online attack on Shami.
“Team India your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can’t stand up for your teammate who is being abused and trolled on social media,”Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir, said on Twitter.
“Ignore the haters, most of India’s grateful for your effort,”said another supporter on Instagram.
Pakistani people also showed some solidarity with Mohammad Shami.
Fatima Bhutto said on Twitter
“I’m horrified by the vile abuse heaped on Mohammad Shami by his compatriot. The rot of hatred seems to have infected everywhere there.”
Former Indian player Gautam Gambhir who has become an MP for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said it was “Shameful” that people were celebrating Pakistan’s win.
And in Punjab state students from Kashmir said they were beaten up.
The students at Engineering and technology institute said dozens of men armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the closing stages of the game.
“They entered our room, switched off the lights, and beat us. They destroyed our laptops,”the student told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears of more trouble.
“We are safe now and we have support from our college. But we didn’t expect this at all. We are Indians.”
The violence was also spotted in Bangladesh during Pak vs India match. Two Pakistani supporters were beaten by India fans as they celebrated the win in one southern district, media reports said.