Virat Kohli, R Ashwin support Abhinav Mukund stance against racist trolls

first_imgVirat Kohli, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh came out in support of India teammate Abhinav Mukund, who tweeted a strong statement against racist trolls.Mukund and Kohli had made their Test debut together back in June 2011. After being sidelined for a few years, Mukund, a prolific scorer in the domestic circuit, was recalled into the Indian team.However, the solid opener has been subjected to tasteless remarks on social media over his skin tone and he decided to take the bull by the horn in a stern message on Twitter.Mukund, who had played the first Test of the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka, expressed his disapproval at online abuses hurled at him over the colour of his skin.”I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about. I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me,” his statement, posted Wednesday night, read.”Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious.Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion. Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 10, 2017″I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.”It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”advertisementKohli and Harbhajan retweeted Mukund’s statement while Ashwin said there was a lesson to be learnt for everyone.Muk on point ??????????????? I love ???? hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 10, 2017last_img

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