"Cue all the hateful, vile DMs"
After Glenn Maxwell and Australia won a sixth World Cup, his wife has been on the receiving end of trolling, prompting her to hit back.
Over 130,000 fans packed into the Narendra Modi Stadium to watch the ICC World Cup final.
India was the favourite and batted first, however, Australia’s bowling and fielding caused them problems.
The hosts posted a total of 240 runs.
Australia’s response was initially shaky and they quickly found themselves 47-3.
Nevertheless, a remarkable partnership emerged between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
Head in particular put on a dazzling display, scoring 137 runs.
After his dismissal, Glenn Maxwell came in and hit the winning two runs, giving Australia a sixth World Cup.
Understandably, Indian fans were disappointed with the loss.
However, their frustrations turned unnecessarily abusive as they began targeting Maxwell’s wife Vini Raman, who is of Indian origin.
Internet trolls accused her of disrespecting her country of origin by supporting Australia.
One comment read: “You are an idiot. You did not support India.”
Another user wrote: “You are Indian but you are not supporting the Indian team. That is shameful.”
The abuse prompted Vini to hit back.
Sharing a congratulatory post for her husband, one image featured a statement that slammed the trolling.
The post read: “Cue all the hateful, vile DMs (direct messages). Stay classy.
“Can’t believe this needs to be said but you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have been raised and more importantly the team your husband and father of your child plays in.
“Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important world issues.”
Despite her response, it continued to attract bitter sentiments from Indian fans.
“Are you happy with India’s loss or your husband’s victory?”
Another wrote: “Real champions India.”
Others were shocked by the abuse Vini was receiving, with one person commenting:
“The 6th slide, can’t believe how some Indian people behave like that to her, she is supporting her husband’s team and that doesn’t mean that she is disrespecting the Indian team.
“Grow up guys, yes we lost the cup but it’s not good to send hate DMs to her or the winning team.”
Another said: “The last slide is something which people will never understand.
“Being an Indian supporting another team is something people will always come at.
“Meanwhile we’ll do what we do best, ignore the s**t.”
Vini Raman was born in Australia and is a pharmacist.