Last night’s India vs Pakistan cricket match had bittersweet moments. Bitter because team India lost; sweet because Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni congratulated Pakistan cricketers on their win, reminding us of the spirit of cricket.
However, Indian bowler Mohammed Shami has been on the receiving end of immense hate on social media.
Several people raided his Instagram comment section and hurled abuses at him. Screenshots of the comment section are being circulated online. Have a look:
Mohammed shami had an off day today, the amount of abuses he is receiving from this rotten society is just because of his name. Team india today took a knee for BLM, can captain @imVkohli and team stand for shami? Or for they are just worried for Black life. pic.twitter.com/N0n3lklUFm
— Shoaib (@shoaibb_ak) October 24, 2021
These comments on Mohammed Shami's post after the loss say it all pic.twitter.com/vxtyhLOEco
— Qazi Shibli (قاضی شبلی) (@QaziShibli) October 25, 2021
On the brighter side, many Indians showered their support on Shami and slammed those abusing him. Some even addressed the Indian Cricket Team, asking them to raise their voice in support of Shami.
#MohammedShami was one of 11 players who lost last night, he wasn’t the only player on the field. Team India your BLM knee taking counts for nothing if you can’t stand up for your team mate who is being horribly abused & trolled on social media.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 25, 2021
We love you @MdShami11!!
— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) October 25, 2021
We love you Mohammed Shami. Yes we’re disappointed. But am sure you’re a lot more heartbroken than any of us. And am sure the team and you will play better than last night. Sorry about some of us. Horrible. We’ll be cheering for you come next game. You’ll never walk alone. ❤️❤️💪🏽
— Rahul Ravindran (@23_rahulr) October 25, 2021
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Disgraceful and bigoted attack on #MohammedShami. Shame on trolls for miring the Indian team in unnecessary controversy.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) October 25, 2021
I am waiting for @imVkohli as well as the BCCI to stand up for Mohammed Shami and the abuses and criticism that he is facing…
— Ramachandran Srinivasan (@indiarama) October 25, 2021
What is happening to Mohammed Shami is totally unacceptable. If the team can't even stand up for their own teammate it is shameful. Instead of taking a knee it may help if they grew a spine. #T20WorldCup #MohammedShami
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) October 25, 2021
— Arjun Mehar ☭ | अर्जुन महर ☭ (@Arjun_Mehar) October 24, 2021
In next match, Indian team should take a knee for Mohammed Shami.
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) October 24, 2021
When hockey player Vandana Katariya faced casteist abuse, captain Rani Rampal stood up for her. When black English footballers were abused, skipper Harry Kane told the so-called fans 'We don't want you!'
Hope Virat Kohli has a spine & condemns this vile attack on Mohammed Shami pic.twitter.com/7jzTOx6QR6
— Abhimanyu Mathur (@MadCrazyHatter_) October 25, 2021
It is downright disappointing to see people abusing Mohammed Shami, a bright Indian cricketer, for absolutely no fault of his own.