Mumbai: Former Cricketer Gautam Gambhir has strongly reacted to the reports of crackers being burst in different parts of the country that emerged after India’s loss and said that such people can’t call themselves Indians.
“Those bursting crackers on Pak winning can’t be Indian! We stand by our boys! #shameful”, Gambhir tweeted.
Those bursting crackers on Pak winning can’t be Indian! We stand by our boys! #Shameful
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 25, 2021
Speaking to India Today, Gambhir further expressed his anger on those bursting crackers, calling the act shameful and unacceptable.
“It’s shameful. You live in a country and are called an Indian but when another country wins or Pakistan wins, you start bursting crackers. This is absolutely unacceptable. People who have burst those crackers, cannot call themselves Indians,” said Gambhir.
Gambhir has also reflected on the abuse that skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Shami has been receiving on social media and said that it’s disgusting to target certain individuals in a team sport.
“It is absolutely disgusting when you target an individual, whether he is the captain or someone who is from another community. Ultimately, it is a team, it is a nation. Players like Kohli and Shami have done fabulous things for the country, have won so many games for us, have made the country proud.”Gambhir said.
He added, “Targeting certain individuals in a team sport is not acceptable. In a nation like India, you win together, you lose together and that is what I want to say to every Indian. Support your players, they will definitely turn it around.”
Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, and Harbhajan Singh have taken to social media to condemn the hate and abuse that Shami has been subjected to.
Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) dominated the match while chasing 152 and broke the jinx of losing streaks against India on Sunday.