Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan has backed Indian cricketer Mohammad Shami after he received hatred on social media by Indians for the loss against Pakistan.
Taking to Twitter, Rizwan wrote: “The kind of pressure, struggles & sacrifices a player has to go through for his country & his people is immeasurable. @MdShami11 is a star and indeed of the best bowlers in the world.”
He further requested fans to “respect your stars. This game should bring people together and not divide them.”
Earlier, many notables extended their support to the Indian pacer. Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan also came to Shami’s defence after the player was being subjected to abuse on the basis of his religion, with people accusing him of being a traitor.
Along with him, many people from the cricketing fraternity extended their support to the 31-year-old player.
South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took to Twitter and said: “People who abuse players on social media because of a rough performance are IDIOTS!”
“Neither the players or real sports loving fans appreciate that kind of behaviour,” he added.
The left-armer also cheered his colleague, calling him a “champ”.
Shami conceded 43 runs in 3.5 overs at an economy rate of 11.21. Rizwan and Babar Azam clinched the match from India, beating the neighbours by 10 wickets.