Mohammed Shami.(AP Photo) NEW DELHI: A torrent of social media abuse was aimed at the only Muslim player in the Indian playing XI, Mohammed Shami , after his side were thrashed by arch rivals Pakistan at the T20 World Cup .
Violence against Muslims in India was also reported after the emphatic 10-wicket win on Sunday, Pakistan’s first against India at any World Cup.
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Cricket clashes between India and Pakistan frequently heighten tensions between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since their independence in 1947.
The 31-year-old Shami became the main target after the defeat in Dubai, even though India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged that his side had been “outplayed”.
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Hundreds of messages were left on Shami’s Instagram account saying he was a “traitor” and should be thrown out of the Indian team.
But many fans and politicians also urged support for him, calling on Indian players to reject the hate messages just as they had backed the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee.
“Team India your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can’t stand up for your teammate who is being horribly abused and trolled on social media,” Omar Abdullah , a former chief minister of Kashmir , said on Twitter.
#MohammedShami was one of 11 players who lost last night, he wasnâ€™t the only player on the field.Team India your Bâ€¦ https://t.co/El2CGszwG4
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 1635141492000
“Ignore the haters, most of India’s grateful for your effort,” said another supporter on Instagram.
People set off celebratory gunfire in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Karachi after the famous win, while firecrackers were reportedly ignited in Kashmir.
The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him.He is a champion and Anyone who wears the Indiâ€¦ https://t.co/sFDXLPF708
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1635153241000
Gautam Gambhir, a former India Test cricketer who has become an MP for the Bharatiya Janata Party , said it was “shameful” that people were celebrating Pakistan’s win.
Those bursting crackers on Pak winning canâ€™t be Indian! We stand by our boys! #Shameful
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 1635145681000
In Punjab, students from Kashmir said they were beaten up.
A student at an engineering and technology institute said dozens of men armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the closing stages of the game.
Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan! Iâ€™m talâ€¦ https://t.co/gYiENL171p
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1635156694000
“They entered our room, switched off the lights and beat us.
They destroyed our laptops,” the student told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears of more trouble.
We love you @MdShami11 ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ #Shami
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1635160396000
“We are safe now and we have support from our college.But we didn’t expect this at all.We are Indians.”
We are so proud of you @MdShami11 bhaiya ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 1635160511000
The match also sparked violence in neighbouring Bangladesh.Two Pakistan supporters were beaten by India fans as they celebrated the win in one southern district, media reports said.
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