New Delhi: India’s lone Muslim player, bowler Mohammad Shami, has been the target of a series of abuses on social media after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Cricket T20 World Cup.
Violence against Muslims was also reported in India after a landslide victory by 10 wickets on Sunday, the first of its kind against India in any World Cup.
The 31-year-old Syrian became the main target after the defeat in Dubai, although Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his team was “outplay”.
Hundreds of messages were left on Shami’s Instagram account saying he was a “traitor” and should be dropped from the Indian team.
But many fans and politicians also called for his support, urging Indian players to reject hate messages as they knelt in support of the Black Lives Meter Movement.
Former Chief Minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir Omar Abdullah said on Twitter, “Team India, there is no point in kneeling for your BLM if you can’t stand up for your colleague who is being abused and trolled on social media. is being done.”
“Ignore the haters, most of India is grateful for your efforts,” said another Instagram supporter.
After the famous victory, people in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Karachi opened fire to celebrate, while hundreds of people in the IOK lit firecrackers.
Former Indian Test cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has become a member of parliament for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, said it was “shameful” that people were celebrating Pakistan’s victory.
Students from the state of Kashmir in Punjab said they were beaten.
Dozens of people armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked him as he watched the final stages of the game, said a student at the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
“They entered our room, turned off the lights and beat us,” the student told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“We are safe now and we have the support of our college. But we did not expect that at all. We are Indians.”
The match also sparked violence in neighboring Bangladesh. According to media reports, two Pakistani supporters were beaten by Indian fans in a southern district while celebrating the victory.