Mumbai, April 1: Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim forgot that cricket is a gentleman's game and displayed his unsporting behaviour last night (March 31) after India lost their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final to West Indies.
Soon after West Indies won the game by 7 wickets, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium, Rahim took to Twitter to express his "happiness" that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team had been knocked out of the World T20 tournament.
He wrote on his Twitter page on Thursday night, "Happiness is this.....!!!!!! #ha ha ha....!!!! India lost in the semifinal" with a TV image of Dhoni speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony.
As he sent out this message to his followers, he was not spared of a massive criticism from Indian fans. He was abused by India's supporters. He was attacked for this shameful comment and the barrage of tweets forced to delete the post.
Later, Rahim apologised for his behaviour. "Sorry to all of you guys...as i am a big West Indies supporter but anyway sorry again for some harsh words...!!!!," he wrote. But by that time the damage had been done.
Rahim might have been riled at Suresh Raina's tweet after India won by 1 run in World T20 in Bengaluru. Rahim, who hit 2 boundaries in the final over of the chase during that match, had celebrate prematurely, which irked Raina.
At the time, after the nerve-wracking triumph at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on March 23, Raina had tweeted, "Don't celebrate before you win."