MS Dhoni has been in poor form in this year's IPL campaign. His team, Chennai Super Kings are also struggling to get into winning ways. They are placed 6th with only 2 wins from 6 matches so far. Last Wednesday, they failed to beat KKR and the fans started bashing the players, specially Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav being on the recieving end.
While violent trolling and abuse of players (and even their wives and girlfriends) is 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. Dhoni's 5-year old girl, Ziva Dhoni have been receiving rape and deaths threats following CSK's poor performance in Wednesday's IPL match, reports News18.com.
In a disturbing incident, while thousands trolled Dhoni, some tweets and Facebook posts threatening Dhoni's five-year-old daughter also surfaced. And not just any threat, these were threats of rape and physical violence.
The threats allegedly appeared on Dhoni and his wife Sakshi's Instagram accounts following Wednesday's loss.
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.