New Delhi: Shubman Gill scored a match-winning ton last night which led to RCB exiting the tournament. Virat Kohli scored his seventh IPL century which went in vain as Gill showed his class to complete the chase. Meanwhile, yet again the so-called fans of the game targetted a family member of a cricketer and turned trolls on the internet.
People took to Twitter and Instagram to not just troll but hurl abuses at Shubman Gill’s sister Shahneel. A Twitter user shared Shahneel’s Instagram account and hinted to his followers to go and abuse her as his brother’s knock led to RCB’s exit.
Virat Kohli’s fanbase is the most disgusting breed of fanbase to ever exist in any field
— Malik ۵۶?️ (@MalikWa39978304) May 21, 2023
Look Kohli Fans Behaviour For Shubman Gill nd His Sister
— ? it’s A Girl ? (@aajkiladkii) May 21, 2023
RCB fans and players, winning or losing is apart of the game but passing racial, abusive comments and giving open death threats is not.
Shubman Gill is Indian player, he did his job and won for his team. Don’t abuse his sister which has nothing to do with u losing. @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/zV9GMENs3b
— Akash Purohit (@earthtoakash) May 22, 2023
This was not the first time that people took to social media to hurl abuses at women related to the cricketers they do not like. In the past, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has been subject to trolling for Virat Kohli’s performances. While the culture of trolling sports persons needs to be called it, it is high time to call out the culture of men abusing women on the internet just because certain players did not play the way they wanted.
Dragging women into the scenario to make them subject to online abuse, harassment, and even rape threats is not just morally corrupt but can be counted as a criminal act under the IT Act Section 67.
While there were people hurling abuses at Shahneel in social media posts and in her comment section, some people stood by her and opposed such trolls.
Shahneel was also at the stadium with her friends witnessing Shubman Gill’s knock of 104* off 52, hitting 5 fours and 8 sixes. He along with Vijay Shankar’s 53 off 35 set the stage for chasing 198 while RCB bowlers leaked runs in the death overs to eventually lose the game.
Virat Kohli scored 101* off 61 to put up a good total but was left heartbroken as RCB could not manage to make it to the playoffs.