- Australia beat India in World Cup final
- Indian cricket fans broken by defeat
- Some used social media to abuse players and WAGs
Indian trolls targeted the wife of Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell after Australia’s thrilling World Cup victory over the subcontinent country on Sunday.
Maxwell hit the winning runs in the shock six-wicket win over raging favorites India, leaving many fans furious.
Nearly 100,000 cricket fans filled the Narendra Modi Stadium for the final while millions watched on television, awaiting an Indian victory.
But after going through the tournament undefeated, India were beaten at the final hurdle.
Now the all-rounder’s wife Vini Raman – who was born in India – has revealed how some fans took the defeat too far with shocking abuse directed at her and Maxwell.
Indian cricket fans have targeted the wife of Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell after the Australian player scored the winning runs in the World Cup final.
Vini Raman was born in India, leaving many cricket fans questioning her loyalties after supporting her Australian husband during the tournament.
“Spot all the hateful and vile DMs (direct messages). Stay classy,” she wrote on social media platform X.
“I can’t believe this needs to be said, but you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you grew up and, more importantly, the team that your husband and father of your child plays for.
Take a pill to relax and direct this outrage towards bigger global issues.
Even this post evoked bitter feelings from Indian fans.
“Are you happy with India’s defeat or your husband’s victory?” » we asked.
“The true champions of India,” posted another.
Vini was not the only Australian WAG subjected to harsh treatment following Australia’s triumph.
Jessica, the wife of World Cup final hero Travis Head, was also subjected to vile insults from fans on social media (pictured, Head celebrates victory)
Travis Head’s wife Jessica was also the target of objectionable comments on social media after she was seen celebrating in the Australian team sheds alongside her husband on Sunday, following his outstanding 137 innings.
Bitter Indian fans have even targeted journalists, with ESPN writer Steve Smith – who is no relation to the Australian batsman – revealing the barbs he received in his inbox.
“I hope that in the event of a plane crash, everyone on your team will die along with their family members,” one message read.
“If I ever see you anywhere, you won’t come out of there,” read another.
Ian Higgins, who hosts the popular Grade Cricketer podcast, was also asked to “kill himself”.
Australia stunned India in the ICC World Cup final, inflicting their only defeat of the tournament to win the trophy for a record sixth time.
Indian cricket fans were shocked by the result after going into the match as favorites.
Even New Zealand player Jimmy Neesham was targeted by Indian fans thinking he was Australian.
“People who don’t know Australia and New Zealand are two different countries,” he posted on Instagram along with an image of himself giving the finger.
Many Indian fans have come to the defense of the Australian team and their WAGs, condemning the abuse they have suffered.
“I am ashamed as an Indian cricket fan,” one posted.
“Our cricket fan base is one of the most toxic in the world. It is unfair to resort to abuse directed at players or anyone’s spouse.