T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammed Shami received a huge round of applause from India supporters at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium during India’s Super 12 match against New Zealand on Sunday.
India vs New Zealand: Fans in Dubai give rousing reception to Mohammed Shami (AP Photo)
- Mohammed Shami got a huge round of applause from fans in Dubai on Sunday
- Shami was singled out and targetted for India’s loss to Pakistan
- Virat Kohli had condemned the online abuse of Shami on Saturday
India fast bowler Mohammed Shami got a rousing reception as he walked into bat at No. 8 for India in their T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match against New Zealand on Sunday. Shami was welcomed to the middle by a loud round of cheers from the Indian supporters at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Indian crowd were not able to find their voice for the most part of the Indian innings as the former champions were restricted to 110 for 7 in 20 overs, the second-lowest total in a T20 World Cup match after batting first and playing the full quota of 20 overs. The big guns, including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, failed to get going and only cameos from Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja helped India go past the 100-run mark in a horror batting display.
However, the crowd was up on its feet applauding Mohammed Shami’s entry into the middle after India lost Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over. The applause came days after Shami was singled out and targeted by trolls on social media after India’s defeat to Pakistan in their T20 World Cup 2021 opener last Sunday.
Applause from the crowd when Shami came was so good.
— Saad (@HussainSaadSyed) October 31, 2021
The applause Shami got when he walked in. #Shami
— Gnome Ore (@foolishthree) October 31, 2021
India had a disappointing outing with the bat once again as they did not score a single boundary between overs 7 and 15, the first time of such an instance in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup.
Shami did not get to face a single ball but was the main reason why India fans in Dubai found their voice amid a disappointing batting show from the team.
Notably, Virat Kohli had condemned the online abuse of Shami in strong-worded statements during his interaction with the press on Saturday. He called out trolls, saying religious attacks is deplorable.
“To me attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing a human being can do. Everyone has the right to voice their opinion, but I personally have never even thought of discriminating against someone over their religion,” Virat Kohli had said.
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