Virat Kohli stands up for Md. Shami, blasts abusive trolls

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Saturday lashed out at trolls for abusing Mohammed Shami on social media after India lost the T20 World Cup match to Pakistan by 10 wickets in Dubai.

By Team Mojo, 30 Oct 2021

Here’s his full statement:

“To me, attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing that a human being can do. Everyone has the right to voice their opinion and wanted to feel about certain situations but I personally have never ever even thought of discriminating anyone over their religion.

That’s a very sacred and a personal thing to every human being and that should be left there. As I said, people take out their frustrations because they obviously have no understanding of what we do as individuals. They have no understanding of how much effort we put on the field.

They have no understanding of the fact that someone like Mohammed Shami has won India n number of matches in the last few years and he has been our primary bowler with Jaspreet Bumrah when it comes to making an impact in games

lf people can overlook that and his passion for the country, honestly, I don’t even want to waste one minute of my life to give any attention to those people. Neither does Shami and neither does anyone else in the team. We stand by him fully.

We are backing him 200% and all those who have attacked him can come with more force if they want to. Our brotherhood, our friendship within the team and nothing can be shaken and I can guarantee you that as the captain of the team. We have built a culture where these things will not even infiltrate into this environment.”