Indian captain Virat Kohli slammed those who targeted fast bowler Mohammed Shami over religion after his defeat in the first match of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan. Shami was the target of critics after the ten-wicket loss to Pakistan. However, Kohli said after the match that Pakistan performed better than the Indian team.
Kohli said in response to a question in the press conference held on the eve of the match to be played against New Zealand on Sunday, ‘There is a good reason for us to play on the field. Those who write on social media are not spineless, who do not have the courage to talk to any person face to face.’
He said, ‘This is the lowest level of humanity. Nothing can be more disappointing than attacking someone on the basis of religion.’
He said, ”Never thought of favoritism on the basis of religion. Religion is a very sacred thing. Our brotherhood and friendship cannot be shaken and these things do not matter. I give credit to those who understand us.”
There were hundreds of messages on Shami’s Instagram account after India’s defeat. Through them, abusive words were used for Shami. Trollers wrote that Shami should be thrown out of the Indian team. However, his fans and celebrities from all walks of life supported him. At one time Pakistan needed 17 runs in 18 balls to win. In such a situation, in the 18th over, Rizwan Shami hit six sixes and two fours in the first three balls and ended the match in this over. Shami had spent 43 runs in 3.5 overs at an average of 11.21. He was the most expensive bowler of the team. And after this he came under the target of trollers.