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Dhoni's daughter Ziva receives rape threats following CSK’s defeat against KKR

  • Published at 04:15 pm October 9th, 2020
Dhoni and his 5-year-old daughter Ziva on Friday,October 9, 2020 Facebook

The threats allegedly appeared on Dhoni and his wife Sakshi's Instagram accounts following Wednesday's loss

Cricket is one of the most popular games in India. However, it is also the biggest catalyst for bringing out toxic misogyny among men.

The latest example of such toxicity followed the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match on Wednesday, reports News18.com.

Hate comments started pouring in for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav on social media after CSK failed to chase down the target of 168 set by KKR in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

While violent trolling and abuse of players and even their wives and girlfriends are a common reaction from so-called "fans" every time their favourite team loses a match, the hate now seems to be spreading to children and minors.

In a disturbing incident, while hundreds trolled Dhoni, some tweets and Facebook posts were also giving rape and physical violence threats to Dhoni's five-year-old daughter Ziva. 

The threats allegedly appeared on Dhoni and his wife Sakshi's Instagram accounts following Wednesday's loss.

After Dhoni fell to Chakravarthy for 11 (12) in the 17th over, CSK still needed 39 off 21. Kedar Jadhav, on the other hand, struggled to middle the ball, scoring an unbeaten yet snail-paced 7 off 12.

The equation came down to CSK needing 26 in their final 6 deliveries. Ravindra Jadeja played a cameo in the match's final over bowled by Andre Russel but it was too little too late for CSK as KKR emerged winners by a mere 10 runs.

This is not the first time, of course, that a cricketer's family has had to face online abuse due to their poor performance on the pitch. 

Most recently, actress Anuskha Sharma, who is married to current Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, was widely panned on social media for her husband's poor performance. 

Not just trolls, even commentator Sunil Gavaskar took a dig at Sharma, claiming that Kohli's poor performance was a result of lack of practice as the lockdown had meant he could only practice with Sharma.

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