India captain Virat Kohli blasts trolls who abused fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the aftermath of Pakistan defeat at T20 World Cup
- India failed to take a wicket in the Dubai blockbuster against Pakistan
- After the match Shami suffered online abuse including Islamophobic messages
- Virat Kohli spoke out after the Indian team and BCCI initially failed to respond
India captain Virat Kohli lashed out at the ‘spineless people’ who abused bowler Mohammed Shami online after his side’s 10-wicket defeat in their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan.
‘There’s a good reason why we are playing on the field and not some bunch of spineless people on social media that have no courage to actually speak to any individual in person,’ Kohli said.
The Indian team, as well as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had initially stayed silent after the incident, although several former India players did call out the abuse of Shami on social media.
India captain Virat Kohli lashed out at the ‘spineless people’ who abused Mohammed Shami
India failed to take a wicket in the Dubai blockbuster, and Shami, who is Muslim, was the victim of online abuse including Islamophobic messages.
Kohli said: ‘Attacking someone over their religion is the most, I would say, pathetic thing that a human being can do.
‘I don’t even want to waste one minute of my life to give any attention to those people, and neither does Shami, neither does anyone else in the team.
‘We stand by him fully. We are backing him 200 per cent. Our brotherhood, our friendship within the team — nothing can be shaken.’
Shami, who is Muslim, was the victim of online abuse including Islamophobic messages
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