Mohammad Kaif spoke in support of Mohammed Shami after the latter was subjected to online trolls following India’s defeat against Pakistan. He wrote in his column for India.com also wrote about the way former cricketers from both sides are being involved in nasty fights.
Kaif wrote,”I have been witnessing how Mohammed Shami was trolled after the game against Pakistan. I have played enough cricket to understand that the fans do get angry when their team loses a game by a big margin.” He added, “A batsman getting out for zero or a bowler getting hit for a six will always face abuse be it in a World Cup clash against Pakistan or an under-arm gully cricket game. But targeting someone for his or her faith, asking them to leave the country is uncalled-for and unpardonable.”
He then spoke about Shami being a tough player and shared experience from his life. “Just imagine how a player, who for all his life has sacrificed everything to earn an India cap, would be feeling. But Shami, I know, is a tough cricketer. I can tell him from my experience, we have much more genuine fans in our country who give us unconditional love and they can easily outnumber the trolls on social media.”
After the match, even former cricketers from India and Pakistan were seen in getting involved in ugly war of words. Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir attacked each other while greats like Waqar Younis, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir also made a few comments. Kaif pointed at the issue and wrote, “In this backdrop, it is painful to see the ugly spats between former players and the very disappointing behaviours of the fans on social media.”
India and Pakistan do not play bilateral series nowadays. But whenever the meet in ICC events, the madness of those fixtures surpasses every other match. Pakistan defeated India first time in a World Cup and no wonder, fans cannot get over the clash till now.