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From Sydney to Wankhede, the immaturity of Indian cricket fans
And so, India lost a cricket series once again after South Africans defeated Men in Blue 3-2 in the 5-match ODI championship played on Indian pitches. It hasn't been a good year for the coloured clothing Team India since the World Cup semi-final loss.
The South Africans showed their class in the series. They proved why they're called the toughest opposition. Throughout the series, India was always lagging behind and the Proteas deserved the victory as they played the better cricket on this tour.

But the one thing to be noticed is the fact that the immaturity level of the Indian Cricket fans hasn't improved an inch. No, I'm not talking about the bottle-throwing Cuttack crowd which was a disappointment by all means. There is another form of immaturity level, in which the fans show their disgust on the social media and then name it as 'trolling'.

The dangerous thing about this is the fact that its reach is even bigger than the one-off incident, which happened in Cuttack which is a rarity in India these days. I'm talking about the Anushka Sharma trolling going on all the social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook.

How on earth can a person sitting in the crowd be responsible for someone's failure on the batting crease? The possibility is incredulous. Can't a person whose boyfriend/lover or even a good friend is playing come to watch his performance? And just because she happens to be a celebrity, do the common people have a right to criticize or pass comments about her?

This is a complete nonsense and immature behavior from the Indian spectators. Can't this so-called 'fans' show some respect towards a player who has one-handedly won plenty of matches for Indian team and just because he couldn't play in front of his girlfriend twice, does it give them the right to say that Anushka is 'unlucky' for Virat!?

And the irony of all this is that the same fans later say that Virat doesn't show them the respect or shows his 'attitude' whenever someone asks him for an autograph? Really, are you guys kidding!? What can you expect from someone whose girlfriend is publicly 'trolled' every time he fails in her presence? Respect is given from both the sides and I personally think Virat is right in his behavior towards Indian fans.

This is not the first time that the couple is facing such embarrassment from their home fans. The similar kind of incident happened in March when India was thrashed by the Aussies in the World Cup Semi final. Naturally, I like many others was disappointed that India lost but the level of indecency shown by the Indian crowd during that time was also questionable and it still is.

Virat Kohli had an off-game then also but people need to understand that going to personal level is not the right way to criticize someone. In a democracy, you have all rights in the world to express your opinions about the techniques and temperaments of your beloved players but to question their intent and passing comments like 'Kohli was in a hurry to party with Anushka so he got out cheaply' is not at all doing anyone any good. Infact, it is showing that how much immature our cricket fans still are.

I'm not a very big fan of Anushka Sharma but I have all the sympathies with her. She is being hated just for witnessing a match, which is very unfair. Infact, she has to be credited for the way she has handled all the hate coming to her and has still stood besides Virat.

Media also plays it role by sensationalizing the issue and it is high time that the news channels stop using these catchy and flashy headlines for increasing their TRPs as they are considered to be the fourth pillar of democracy and should understand that the general public may get influenced by their moves.

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