Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is the scene of a devastating internet scandal from trolls on society after Virat Kohli’s team lost to Pakistan rivals by 10 wickets at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. Shami, who has been one of the fastest players for India in all formats of the game, was widely supported by skipper Kohli when he was at the stadium.
Besides Kohli, Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and VVS Laxman speak in strong support of the well-known Gujarat Titan pacers. Speaking about the experience, Shami said the trolls were not ‘real fans’ or ‘real Indians’.
“There is no cure for this kind of thinking. Those who troll (on religion) are not real fans, nor are they real Indians. If you consider a player as a hero and then behave in this way, you are not an Indian supporter. And I feel that one should not be hurt by the comments of such a person, ”Shami told Indian Express.
“I have something in mind. If I consider myself a role model, I will never speak ill of that person. And if someone is saying something bad to me, he cannot be my lover or the lover of the Indian team. So honestly, I do not mind what you said, ”he added.
– Mohammad Shami (@ MdShami11) March 27, 2022
The 31-year-old Bengal pacer has scored 209 Test scalps in 57 games and 148 wickets in 79 ODIs and 18 wickets in T20Is as well. Shami explained that such statements reflect the low level of thinking and level of human education and said that there is no need to confirm what a country means to him.
“It simply came to our notice then. It reflects the low level of their education. When people with unknown social media profiles, or even one with a few followers, point the finger at someone, they have nothing to lose. For them, nothing is in danger because they are not human. But if we respond to them as a model, as a celebrity, as an Indian cricketer, we give them undue importance. We do not need to engage with them.
“We know what we are, we don’t need to say what India means to us because we represent the country and we fight for our country. So we don’t need to confirm anything to anyone by commenting or responding to such trolls, ”Shami added.
India and Pakistan will also face each other in their opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on 23rd October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.