Indian skipper Virat Kohli came down hard on social media trolls who had a go at Mohammed Shami post India’s defeat against Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup. Every Indian bowler had an off day against Pakistan but Shami had the worst of them all. The trolls targetted Shami using some extremely derogatory language against the pacer.
Kohli tore apart the trollers and said that attacking someone over his faith is the most pathetic thing one can do, adding that the people doing so are a bunch of spineless people who vent out their frustration on the players without thinking about the efforts players put on the field.
“To me, attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing that a human being can do,” Kohli said in a press conference on Saturday (October 30). “Everyone has their right to voice their opinion and what they feel about certain situations, but I personally have never ever even thought of discriminating against anyone over their religion.
“That is very sacred and a personal thing to every human being and that should be left there. People take out their frustrations because they obviously don’t have an understanding of what we do as individuals, or how much effort we put on the field.”
Slamming the trollers who overlooked Shami’s achievements and abused him for having an off day, Kohli said the team is fully behind Shami and the outside noise doesn’t affect the team an inch. “They have no understanding of the fact that someone like Mohammed Shami has won India ‘n’ number of matches in the last few years and he’s been our primary bowler with Jasprit Bumrah when it comes to making an impact in games in Test cricket. If people can overlook that and his passion for the country, I don’t even want to waste one minute of my life to give any attention to those people. Neither does Shami and neither does anyone else in the team,” Kohli said.
“We stand by him fully and back him 200 percent and all those who have attacked him can come with more force if they want to. Our brotherhood, our friendship within the team, and nothing can be shaken. I can guarantee to you as the captain of the team that we have built a culture where these things will not infiltrate into the environment,” he added.