“Mohammad Shami… Forgive them”: Rahul Gandhi extends support to Indian bowler, who faced attack from Hindutva fanatics after India’s defeat to Pakistan

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami after the latter faced unprecedented hate from Hindutva fanatics in the wake of India’s humiliating defeat to Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.

Gandhi took to Twitter to write, “Mohammad #Shami we are all with you. These people are filled with hate because nobody gives them any love. Forgive them.”

Gandhi had also sided with another ex-India cricketer Wasim Jaffer earlier this year when Hindutva fanatics hounded him, forcing him to resign as the head coach of the Uttarakhand cricket team.

Earlier, several current and past Indian cricketers including Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Virender Sehwag had taken to social media to condemn the abuse hurled at Shami by Hindutva hatemongers.

Many Hindutva fanatics had targeted Shami after India suffered a 10-wicket loss to Pakistan in their opening encounter in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Some had even accused Shami of accepting money from Pakistan due to his religious identity as a Muslim.

Pathan had written on Twitter, “Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan! I’m talking about India of few years back. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO STOP. #Shami.”

Chahal, Shami’s teammate, had tweeted, ““We are so proud of you @MdShami11 bhaiya.”

Pakistan had defeated India by 10 wickets in their opening encounter on Sunday. This was the first time that Pakistan had defeated India in a World Cup match.