Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has stated that the online abuse pacer Mohammed Shami is facing after India’s defeat against Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is “shocking”.
For the very first time, Pakistan was able to defeat India in the World Cup encounter, the Babar Azam-led side completely outperformed Virat Kohli-led India and won the one-sided match by 10 wickets. Meanwhile, after the match ended, fans took to Instagram and Twitter to pass derogatory statements on seamer Mohammed Shami.
Former Indian opener Sehwag took to Twitter to support the Shami, labelling him as ” champion”. He also backed Shami to deliver a good performance in the next match. He wrote:
“The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa.”
The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2021
Notably, Mohammed Shami didn’t have a good outing in the match against Pakistan as he gave 43 runs in 3.5 overs, going wicketless.
Credit Where It’s Due And Pakistan Outplayed Us Today – Virat Kohli
Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) chased down the target of 152 comfortably, and Indian bowlers looked clueless. After the match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli lauded the Pakistan openers and said they gave India “no chances”.
“We didn’t execute properly. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat, they gave us absolutely no chances,” Virat Kohli added.
“It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs. We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that, we needed a good start but Pakistan’s bowling didn’t allow us to get those extra runs,”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led India will next lock horns with New Zealand on Sunday, October 31.