Mohammad Rizwan says out in support of Indian bowler Mohammad Shami, who has subjected to online harassment after his team’s loss to Pakistan in a critical T20 World Cup encounter on Sunday. Muhammad Rizwan Comes up to Defend Muhammad Shami.
After Pakistan hammered India in Dubai, the 31-year-old spinner became the subject of vitriol and criticism, despite India captain Virat Kohli’s admission that his team had outplayed.
Muhammad Rizwan Comes up to Defend Muhammad Shami
“The kind of pressure, struggles and sacrifices a player has to go through for his country and his people is immeasurable,” Mohammad Rizwan said in a Tweet with an illustration of Shami.
Mohammad Shami is a star and indeed one of the best bowlers in the world, he said, adding “Please respect your stars. This game should bring people together and not divide them.”
The kind of pressure, struggles & sacrifices a player has to go through for his country & his people is immeasurable. @MdShami11 is a star & indeed of the best bowlers in the world— Mohammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) October 26, 2021
Please respect your stars. This game should bring people together & not divide ’em #Shami #PAKvIND pic.twitter.com/3p70Ia8zxf
Thousands of hateful remarks posted on social media, including on Shami’s Instagram account, branding him a traitor and accusing him of taking money to fix the game.
“Everyone who represents Team India has our support,” remarked batting ace Sachin Tendulkar. Shami is a character in the film Shami “is a world-class bowler who is dedicate to his sport. He had an off day, just like any other athlete.”
Former Chief Minister of Kashmir’s Muslim-majority area, Omar Abdullah, urged Indian players to reject hate messages in the same way that they supported the Black Lives Matter campaign.
“Your BLM knee-taking means nothing if you can’t defend a teammate who bullied and trolled,” Abdullah said on Twitter.
“Ignore the trolls; the majority of India appreciates your efforts,” another supporter wrote on Instagram.