Kohli denounces “lucky people” for abusing Shami, calls it pathetic
Dubai: Indian captain Virat Kohli attacked the “spineless gang” on Saturday, reacting strongly to the torrent of social media abuse who was targeting race leader Mohammed Shami over his religion after the team lost to Pakistani rivals in the T20 World Cup.
Shami, 31, became the main target after the bitter 10-wicket defeat in Dubai, although Kohli admitted his team had been “overwhelmed”.
“There’s a good reason we’re playing on the pitch and not a bunch of soft people on social media who don’t have the courage to talk to anyone in person,” Kohli said during a press conference here.
“This is the lowest level of the human form, attacking someone above religion is the most pathetic thing a human being can do.
“I never thought of discriminating on the basis of religion. It is a very sacred thing. Our brotherhood and our friendship cannot be shaken… and these things cannot seep through. I give credit to people who understand us, ”he added.
Hundreds of messages were left on Shami’s Instagram account saying he was a ‘traitor’ and should be kicked out of the Indian squad.
However, Support Flock of his many fans and celebrities from all walks of life also supported the bowler.