Former Head Coach of India National Cricket Team Ravi Shastri has said that Indian captain Virat Kohli had done a brilliant job by supporting Mohammed Shami when he faced online abuse.
Notably, Shami faced a lot of online abuse after his poor performance in the high-profile battle against arch-rivals Pakistan where India lost against Pakistan for the first time in the World Cup that too by 10 wickets and Shami conceded 43 runs in 3.5 overs.
Meanwhile, after that Shami received a lot of support from fans and former cricketers and in a press conference skipper Kohli bashed online trolls and said that “attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing that a human being can do”.
Mohammed Shami, For Me, Has Been A Champion – Ravi Shastri
Speaking on NDTV former Indian head coach said that Shami has been an integral part of the Indian team and he has won them many games. Shastri asserted:
“I heard about it later and that was ridiculous. Mohammed Shami, for me, has been a champion. He has been an integral part of the team over the last five years. If we have won anything overseas or in India, Shami, along with Jasprit (Bumrah), Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma), has been absolutely fabulous,”
Ravi Shastri further added that blaming one player for the loss is a ridiculous thing and he made sure that didn’t happen in the Indian dressing room. He asserted:
“And to single one guy out for a game, for example, if someone says that Pakistan lost the semi-final because someone dropped a catch, it’s ridiculous. Cricket is a team sport and it happens.”
“One message we had in our team, right from the beginning – you win as one and you go down as all. There’s never been finger-pointing in my dressing room. Virat was brilliant in the press conference where he stood up for Shami. Hats off to him,” he added.
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