Team India pacer Mohammed Shami was target of brutal online abuse from trolls on social after Virat Kohli’s side lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. Shami, who has been one of the leading fast bowlers for India in all formats of the game, got plenty of support from skipper Kohli when he was targeted.
Apart from Kohli, Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and VVS Laxman spoke out in strong support of the Gujarat Titans pacers as well. Talking about the experience, Shami claimed that the trolls are neither ‘real fans’ nor ‘real Indians’.
“There is no cure for this kind of thinking. Those who troll (on religion) are not real fans, nor are they real Indians. If you consider a player as a hero and then behave this way, you are not being an Indian supporter. And I feel one should not get hurt by comments made by such people," Shami told.