Wasim Akram has warned internet trolls on targeting him as he is well equipped to handle them amidst the recent controversy involving India pacer Arshdeep Singh who was brutally targetted on social media for his drop catch during an India -Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2022.
Arshdeep Singh had dropped the catch of Pakistani batter Asif Ali in the must-win clash in the Super 4s of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament. Pakistan ended up winning the close contest by 5 wickets, as the left-arm pacer failed to defend 7 runs in the last over of the match.
The 23-year-old, who made his debut for India earlier this year was attacked with personal comments being made and his Wikipedia page tampered with. It was taken to such a level that the trolls were slammed by both Indian and Pakistan cricket fraternities and Arshdeep’s parents called it one of the worst things they had experienced.
I Have A Very Simple Theory. If Somebody Is Rude To Me, I Will Be 10 Times Ruder: Wasim Akram On Arshdeep Singh Trolling Controversy
Supporting Arshdeep Singh, Wasim Akram said he fails to wrap his head around the fact that these are people from Arshdeep’s own country taking shots at him, and added that had it been him, he would not hold back from replying back to trolls in their own language.
“If social media wants to target or have a go at someone, try me. Muqaabla karna hai to mujhse karo, then I can reply back. I have a very simple theory. If somebody is rude to me, I will be 10 times ruder. If someone will like me or send me a funny message or has a good sense of humour, I will be exactly the same. Having a go at a young kid, your own kid, doesn’t make any sense. I am all for fans and their opinions, but unless and until you haven’t played professional cricket, you don’t know what type of pressures players are going through on and off the field,” Akram had said ahead of the start of the India vs Sri Lanka match.
Akram even gave the example of Pakistan’s Hassan Ali, who dropped Matthew Wade’s catch during the T20 World Cup 2021 semifinal between Australia and Pakistan, which resulted in Wade hitting Shaheen Afridi for three sixes in a row to put the Kangaroos into the final. Hassan Ali also faced similar criticism and trolling for his fielding blunder.
Akram stressed it is just a game and it is best for everyone that people treat it like one and how this attitude from fans towards people needs to drop.
“It’s only a game. I saw on social media that a lot of people were having a go at Arshdeep. Their own people… that’s what baffles me. Since dropping that catch in the World Cup last year, every day he trends. These guys read social media. He is a young guy, who is going to play for India for next 10-15 year, and he bowled a brilliant last over. I dropped catches under pressure in crucial games. But you have to move on as a nation,” added Akram.