TWITTER MAMA: Virat Kohli, Mohammad Siraj slam Twitter trolls for abusing bowler

UPDATE: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has slammed “spuneless” trolls who singled out his team’s bowler Mohammad Siraj for “horrendous” abuse after the North Indian player removed a wicket in the third ODI against…

TWITTER MAMA: Virat Kohli, Mohammad Siraj slam Twitter trolls for abusing bowler

UPDATE: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has slammed “spuneless” trolls who singled out his team’s bowler Mohammad Siraj for “horrendous” abuse after the North Indian player removed a wicket in the third ODI against New Zealand.

Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to slam Siraj on Monday, with most accusing him of bowling around the wicket during his three overs with the ball.

“@shakpyadnareesh can you read the new rule. Can u read first ball pitches. It requires u to make 180 degrees towards batsman. U bowled like a 10 yr old,” wrote twitter user Siraj Rahman.

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“Siraj was outwitted by A B Akers and all is lost,” said Sharma Ahuja.

Other followers of the sport came to Siraj’s defense, expressing their support for the off-spinner.

“Siraj deserved respect no one including me should have a go at him. There is no action against u on Twitter what does this show?” asked a user named Ameen Khan.

Both Siraj and Kohli have now expressed their dissatisfaction on social media.

“I spoke to M Siraj on his Twitter account and he has nothing but respect for the bat & the bowlers who came before him. He has responded to trolls and it has only made his situation better,” tweeted Kohli.

I spoke to M Siraj on his Twitter account and he has nothing but respect for the bat & the bowlers who came before him. He has responded to trolls and it has only made his situation better. My respect is equal for him. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 21, 2019

This was followed by a post on Siraj’s account thanking the captain and team for their support.

“I think we should be celebrated for doing good work in the field and not being a cancer to yourselves. Sometimes good people make mistakes and now there is silence for what has happened,” he wrote.

I think we should be celebrated for doing good work in the field and not being a cancer to yourselves. Sometimes good people make mistakes and now there is silence for what has happened.💪🏻#InTightSpot https://t.co/eFuHSVVq6n — Mohammad Siraj (@shakpyadnareesh) January 21, 2019

This is not the first time the 28-year-old has been criticised by social media users in recent years. In 2016, Kohli was slammed for going on strike when he was dismissed for 16 during a One Day International against the West Indies. Kohli tweeted back, defending himself and calling some of the tweets “fake stuff.”

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