Last Sunday’s match between India and Pakistan was difficult for the Men in Blue, but it was much more difficult for teenage bowler Arshdeep Singh, who endured savage trolling in the days that followed. India lost the match by five wickets. The 23-year-old dropped Asif Ali in the 18th over even though the batter had not yet opened his account, which was the beginning of everything.

In the penultimate over of the 182-run chase, Asif fully used the lifeline as he went on to score 16 off 8 balls before being bowled by Arshdeep. After a suspenseful match between the arch-rivals, Pakistan ultimately reached the goal with one ball remaining.

But what happened next was abhorrent, as Arshdeep was subjected to racial taunts on online forums.

Many former players from both nations have united in support of the young bowler since the event, even though he lost the match despite bowling an outstanding last over. The legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar is the newest backer of the pacer, urging the crowd to refrain from making disparaging remarks about the athlete.

“.. and perform on the field to provide the finest response. I am closely observing you. my sincere wishes.”

India will now play Sri Lanka, a match that Rohit Sharma and company must win to be in the running for the Asia Cup championship. Their opponent is going for a victory to increase their chances of making it to the September 11 final, after they defeated Afghanistan in their last Super 4 match.