Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Yuzvendra Chahal were among those who Monday spoke out in support of pacer Mohammad Shami, who has been receiving derogatory and hateful comments on social media after India lost to Pakistan at the ICC T20 World Cup match on Sunday.
Sehwag took to social media and called the trolls ‘online mob.’ He wrote on Twitter, “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.”
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
Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter, saying, “I stand behind Shami & Team India.”
I stand behind Shami & Team India.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 25, 2021
We are so proud of you @MdShami11 bhaiya 🇮🇳
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) October 25, 2021
While VVS Laxman urged fans to support the pacer and added that he can’t be defined by one performance, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said those trolling Shami should stop watching cricket.
Mohammed Shami has been a stellar performer for India for eight years, playing a significant role in many a victory. He can’t be defined by one performance. My best wishes are always with him. I urge fans & followers of the game to support @MdShami11 and the Indian team.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 25, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 25, 2021
Pakistan crushed India by 10 wickets for their first-ever victory against the archrival in a T20 World Cup game on Sunday. Mohammad Rizwan (79 not out) and captain Babar Azam (68 not out) struck superb unbeaten half centuries and eased Pakistan to 152-0 in 17.5 overs in Group 2 of the Super 12s.
Indian cricket fans lashed out at the team, singling out Shami with derogatory comments.
Team India needs to take the knee for Shami. Now.
— saliltripathi (@saliltripathi) October 24, 2021
Former cricketer Irfan Pathan also spoke up in support of Shami. “Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan!” he tweeted.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 25, 2021