Indian skipper Virat Kohli blasted social media trolls who abused Mohammed Shami after India’s loss against Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup. Kohli tore apart the trollers and said that attacking people of their belief is the most pathetic thing one can do, adding that people who do so have no understanding of the efforts players put on the field.
“To me, attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing that a human being can do,” Kohli said in a press conference on Saturday (October 30). “Everyone has their right to voice their opinion and what they feel about certain situations, but I personally have never ever even thought of discriminating against anyone over their religion.
“That is very sacred and a personal thing to every human being and that should be left there. People take out their frustrations because they obviously don’t have an understanding of what we do as individuals, or how much effort we put on the field.”
Kohli added that the team is fully in support of Mohammed Shami and revealed that neither Shami nor any member of the team is concerned about the outside noise. Kohli said the people who overlooked Shami’s achievements and abused him, especially for belonging to a specific religion operate at pretty low levels but the team is least concerned about them.
“They have no understanding of the fact that someone like Mohammed Shami has won India ‘n’ number of matches in the last few years and he’s been our primary bowler with Jasprit Bumrah when it comes to making an impact in games in Test cricket. If people can overlook that and his passion for the country, I don’t even want to waste one minute of my life to give any attention to those people. Neither does Shami and neither does anyone else in the team,” Kohli said.
“We stand by him fully and back him 200 percent and all those who have attacked him can come with more force if they want to. Our brotherhood, our friendship within the team, and nothing can be shaken. I can guarantee to you as the captain of the team that we have built a culture where these things will not infiltrate into the environment,” he added.