India’s Mohammad Shami abused online after Pakistan’s historic victory


Indian bowler Mohammad Shami. -file photo
Indian bowler Mohammad Shami. -file picture

NEW DELHI: A torrent of social media abuse was geared toward India’s solely Muslim participant, the bowler Mohammed Shami, after his aspect had been thrashed by arch-rivals Pakistan on the cricket T20 World Cup.

Violence towards Muslims in India was additionally reported after the emphatic 10-wicket win on Sunday, Pakistan’s first towards India at any World Cup.

The 31-year-old Shami turned the principle goal after the defeat in Dubai, despite the fact that India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged that his aspect had been “outplayed”.

Hundreds of messages had been left on Shami’s Instagram account saying he was a “traitor” and must be thrown out of the Indian crew.

But many followers and politicians additionally urged assist for him, calling on Indian gamers to reject the hate messages simply as that they had backed the Black Lives Matter motion by taking a knee.

Messages on Mohammad Shamis Instagram account.
Messages on Mohammad Shami’s Instagram account.

“Team India your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can’t stand up for your teammate who is being horribly abused and trolled on social media,” Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister within the Indian occupied Kashmir, stated on Twitter.

“Ignore the haters, most of India’s grateful for your effort,” stated one other supporter on Instagram.

People set off celebratory gunfire within the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Karachi after the well-known win, whereas lots of ignited firecrackers in IoK.

Gautam Gambhir, a former India Test cricketer who has develop into an MP for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, stated it was “shameful” that individuals had been celebrating Pakistan’s win.

In Punjab state college students from Kashmir stated they had been overwhelmed up.

A scholar at an engineering and know-how institute stated dozens of males armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the closing phases of the sport.

“They entered our room, switched off the lights and beat us. They destroyed our laptops,” the scholar advised AFP, talking on situation of anonymity due to fears of extra hassle.

“We are safe now and we have support from our college. But we didn’t expect this at all. We are Indians.”

The match additionally sparked violence in neighbouring Bangladesh. Two Pakistan supporters had been overwhelmed by India followers as they celebrated the win in a single southern district, media reviews stated.

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