India pacer Mohammed Shami faced online abuse during the 20-20 World Cup last year. Shami didn’t speak about it in the public domain till now. The then India skipper Virat Kohli was one of the first people to support the pacer in the public. Apart from Kohli, several former India cricketers came in support of the 31-year-old. The Amroha-born player was getting trolled on social media after the Men In Blue lost to Pakistan.
Batting first, the Virat Kohli-led side posted 151/7, with skipper scoring 57 runs and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant getting 39. For the Men In Green, Shaheen Afridi took three wickets while Hasan Ali took two. Apart from them, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf took one each. In response, the Babar Azam-led side won the game by 10 wickets, with skipper scoring unbeaten 68 and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan getting 79.
The Indian bowling looked clueless but Shami in particular, become the target of online trolling on social media. He had conceded 43 runs in 3.5 overs, including 17 runs in the 18th over which closed the game for the opposition.
Meanwhile, the 79 ODI veteran has said that he doesn’t engage with the trollers and their stand of no value. “When people with unknown social media profiles or even one with a few followers point fingers at someone, they don’t have anything to lose,” Shami said.
“For them nothing is at stake because they are nobodies… we don’t need to engage with them,” he added
The 57-Test veteran added that he doesn’t need to clarify what India as a nation means to him. “We know what we are, we don’t need to say what India means to us because we represent the country and fight for the country.
“So we don’t need to prove anything to anyone by saying or reacting to such trolls,” the 57-Test veteran added.