Abhinav Mukund's thunderous response to racism wins Indian opener praise on Twitter

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 10, 2017

The 27-year-old opened up on how he he had been subjected to a lot of name-calling right from his young age.

In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Mukund, who was a part of Team India's opening Test squad against Sri Lanka, expressed his disappointment at some of messages sent to him targeting his skin tone. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades. He added that he chose to not reply to those insults, but finally made a decision to speak about colour-based discrimination after being irked by abuses on social media. 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. Affected young, I toughened up because this was never something that would pull me down.

Mukund, who scored 12 and 81 against Sri Lanka in the Colombo Test, shared the note with aim of changing people's biased mindset. "I come from Chennai, probably one of the hottest places in out country and I have gladly spen most of my adult life in the cricket ground", he wrote. "There were many times when I chose not to dignify these insults with responses", added Mukund.

Discrimination is widespread in India, where fair skin is often considered more lovely and superior, while many who belong to the traditional lower castes in India's ancient system of social hierarchy have darker skin and are seen as inferior.

Mukund, who is now with the Indian team on its tour to Sri Lanka, said he had been waiting to address the issue and finally found time to do it on Wednesday, August 9.

The Team India opener also stated the extent of the issues with the rise of social media and called for racism abuse victims to stand up. "Fair isn't the only lovely or handsome guys", his tweet further read. "Stay true, stay focussed, be comfortable in your own skin", the India batsman concluded.

Fans extended their support in reply to Mukund's tweet, along with Indian cricketers Manoj Tiwary and Sreevats Goswami.

In a series of Twitter posts, including one long statement, batsman Abhinav Mukund said people had been "posting abuses" and "saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin". "It has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team".

He further appealed,"Please don't turn this into something political, I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change".

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