Abhinav Mukund and Dodda Ganesh have joined cricketers raising their voice against ‘racial abuse’ in and around the sport, also away from it, in the wake of ‘George Flyod killing’. George Flyod, a black man, was killed on May 25 in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnestoa in the United States after an officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Flyod’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin was fired from the police department, with protesters taking on the country in large number, demanding justice for Flyod with a clear message reading ‘Black Lives Matter’. The ex-police officer was charged with third-degree murder and second degree-man slaughter in the case and is due to appear in the court later this month.
Abhinav Mukund, Dodda Ganesh share their stories of being ‘racially abused’ while playing
Abhinav Mukund has played 145 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu and scored at a healthy average of over 47. With his post on Twitter, Mukund highlighted how he was treated for the colour of his skin.
“With the rise of social media, it has gone to a magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over. Fair isn’t the only lovely or handsome guys,” Mukund wrote.
Referring to the tweet from Mukund, former India cricketer Dodda Ganesh, also shared his story. Gansesh said, he had to go through ‘racial jibes’ during his playing days with only an Indian legend being an witness to it.
“This story of @mukundabhinav reminded me of the racial jibes I went through in my playing days. Only an Indian legend was witness to it. It only made me strong & didn’t deter me from playing for Ind & ovr 100 mts for Karnataka,” Dodda Ganesh said on social media.
This story of @mukundabhinav, reminded me of the racial jibes I went through in my playing days. Only an Indian legend was witness to it. It only made me strong & didn’t deter me from playing for Ind & ovr 100 mts for Karnataka @StarSportsKan
ಕಪ್ಪಗಿರೋರು ಮನುಷ್ಯರೇ. ಮೊದಲು ಮಾನವರಾಗಿ. pic.twitter.com/ZV8c8YPmpM
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) June 3, 2020
Racial abuse has been a cause of concern for a long time and should be stopped immediately as every human being is precious and the color of the skin should not be used as a measure to judge someone.