On 24th October 2021, Pakistan scored its first victory against India in a T20 World Cup Match. Pakistan defeated our national team by ten wickets with the opening partnership of Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan’s 68 and 79 taking them close to a no wicket loss victory. Shaheen Afridi’s three-wicket haul in the first innings restricted the Virat Kohli-led Indian team to a total of 151.
As a consequence, most of the Indian players were trolled over their performance but bowler Mohammed Shami seems to have gotten the worst burn. His Instagram page was filled with abusive comments calling him a traitor and some even went to the extent of asking him to go to Pakistan.
Following the trolls, several journalists and even cricketers have stood by him, calling out the trollers.
Former opening batsman Virender Sehwag wrote on his social media page, “The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami.”
The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2021
Meanwhile, former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan said, “Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan! I’m talking about India from a few years back. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO STOP.”
Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan! I’m talking about 🇮🇳 of few years back. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO STOP. #Shami
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 25, 2021
“Online trolls are the ones who earlier used to burn effigies and throw paint-stones at players’ houses…with an online profile without a face worthy of a profile pic,” wrote Aakash Chopra.
Following this loss, India still has five matches scheduled with New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia and fans are rooting for the blue team’s comeback.