India endured a 10-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the ever anticipated T20 Men's Cricket World Cup match on 24th October 2021, Sunday. Remorseful fans of India began to make the Indian team's pacer, Mohammad Shami, a target on social media.
He is the only Muslim player in the team and was being accused of taking bribes from the opponent team to lose the match. The target of 151 runs to win set by India, was achieved by Pakistan without losing a wicket and 2 overs to spare.
With, Virat Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39) Indian team posted 151/7 in 20 overs. The pair was the recovery for the team after Pakistan brought them to 36/3 in just the powerplay. Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) altogether chased down India's 151/7 as they recorded a 10 wicket victory. It was the first match of both teams in the 2021 T20 World Cup. It was the first and only defeat for India with Pakistan in the men's cricket World Cup match.
Shami bowled the 18th over of the match, gave away 17 runs in five balls. This did not settle down well with the Indian fans, who then retorted to social media to question the Indian player's integrity and dignity given his Muslim identity. Saddened by the open Islamophobia, many of the fans have urged Cricketer Virat Kohli and the team members to stand in solidarity with Shami, and express it publicly.
Let’s take a look at some of the reactions Shami faced on Twitter:
Sanghis have started abusing Md. Shami after the loss.— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) October 24, 2021
After the racist attacks against few English players at Euro, the team came in support of them.
India's hockey skipper Rani Rampal criticized casteist remarks against a teammate.
Your move, @imVkohli and everyone else. pic.twitter.com/38Rx1BaA52
These are comments on shami post, no matter what happens, muslims are at receiving end, those jokers who were bending their knees today, do they have courage to speak against this?? pic.twitter.com/cY9BQEYw6S— Jagpreet Singh (@jag_preetsingh) October 24, 2021
The islamophobic hate against #shami with aspersions on his patriotism and his commitment to the country. If this and the state enabled hatred against Indian minorities is not worth taking a knee, I don’t know what is @imVkohli @BCCI— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) October 25, 2021
These are comments under Shami's Instagram post.From the very beginning I predicted this would happen if India lost the match. pic.twitter.com/5v9rZN0Nzw— സ്പൾബർ കുഞ്ഞൂപ്പി (@vaikivannavan) October 24, 2021
These are some of the comments on Mohammed Shami’s Instagram account. The hyper-nationalist Indian cricket fans have unleashed worst form of communal abuse on Shami for India’s loss against Pakistan. Not surprised at all because this is what India is famous for. #IndvsPak pic.twitter.com/KCsSzAr5y3— Saif (@isaifpatel) October 24, 2021
The ugly communal head of hyper nationalist cricket fans came out in the most vile manner as expected.@imVkohli and team should publicly speak up and stand firm behind #Shami. Will they or won't they is the question... #ICCT20WorldCup2021 @BCCI https://t.co/4p4UuadGey— Purva Chitnis (@ChitnisPurva) October 25, 2021
Views outside Shami's house tonight pic.twitter.com/YsmPKTas8T— shadab (@farzeeiqbal) October 24, 2021
What is this guyz... In team India 11 Players were playing against Pakistan and you are just blaming only one player by his religion.— Ashraf Ali...... (@Ashraf_Ali45) October 25, 2021
Are you guys serious or Educated??
Is this how you represent india on social media platforms.. Shame on you guyz..#IsupportShami #Shami ❤️???????????? pic.twitter.com/Yjo7H99a6E