Virat Kohli and co. took a great initiative of extending their support towards the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on Sunday. The incident took place right before their clash against Pakistan during the ongoing 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.
The Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul alongside the other players outside the boundary ropes were seen taking the knee. On the other hand, the Pakistani team players, led by Babar Azam, too paid a tribute by holding their right hand to their heart.
Notably, this isn’t the first time when sportspersons came out in support of this prevalent issue in society. Earlier, many cricketers have come forward with the movement against racism since the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police personnel in Minneapolis in May last year.
However, things took a 360-degree when team India members were heavily bashed by netizens across various social media platforms. People went on to call the ‘Men in Blue’ as “hypocrites” for not taking a stand on issues in their own country and talking about other nations’ problems.
Twitter reactions on Indian players taking the knee during Pak clash
From Farmer Protest to Hindu-Muslim riots in Bangladesh, people criticised the Indian players’ silence. They even talked about the team’s zero response on Mohammed Shami facing massive abuse after a poor outing during yesterday’s game. Here are some of the top tweets from this incident during the IND-PAK match on October 24: