Cricket may be just a sport for other countries but in India, this beautiful game is an emotion. Often we Indians proudly say that cricket is considered a religion, but it is quite shameful when fans cross their limits in worship. Although there have been many examples of this over the years, one need not turn the pages of history books, just look back at what happened during these couple of days.
Following India's heartbreaking defeat in the 2023 World Cup against Australia on Sunday, a section of Indian fans crossed the line in frustration to troll and abuse the family members of the visitors. Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell's wife was abused by angry supporters. There were reports that some fans targeted Player of the Match Travis Head's wife and daughter with rape and death threats.
Absolutely vile and shocking. Indian cricket fans giving r@pe threats to the wife and daughter of Travis Head after the WC win.— Singh (@APSvasii) November 19, 2023
His daughter is only 1 year old 🥲 pic.twitter.com/livmWjlioH
As such frustrations tarnish the reputation of the entire country, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has appealed to fans not to troll or abuse the family members of World Cup winners. Harbhajan explained on his official X handle that we lost to a better team in the final and trolling them would cost us our "sanity and dignity".
"Reports of trolling of family members of Australian cricket players is completely in bad taste. We played well but lost the final to better cricket by the Aussies. That's it. Why troll the players and their families? Requesting all cricket fans to stop such behaviour. Sanity and dignity are more important," Harbhajan wrote.
Reports of trolling of family members of Australian cricket players is completely in bad taste. We played well but lost the final to better cricket by the Aussies. That's it. Why troll the players and their families? Requesting all cricket fans to stop such behaviour. Sanity and…— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 21, 2023
Vini Raman, the wife of Maxwell, was trolled for supporting Australia. For the uninitiated, she is of Indian descent, but her home is Australia, where she got married to Maxwell last year. However, she lashed out at the so-called 'cricket fans' on her social media with strong words.
"Can't believe this needs to be said BUT you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have been raised and more importantly the team your husband + father of your child plays in #nobrainer. Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important issues" she said in her Instagram post.