Travis Head

Australia's Travis Head plays a shot en route to his century against India in the final of the ICC World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (November 19). Photo: PTI

After WC final loss to Australia, Indian fans abuse, threaten Maxwell, Head's wives

“Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important world issues," Maxwell's wife Vini wrote on Instagram while replying to those sending her hate messages.

Some of the Indian cricket fans, disappointed with their team’s World Cup 2023 final loss, are abusing Australian cricketers’ wives online and giving rape threats.

On Sunday (November 19), at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Australia halted India’s unbeaten 10-match streak to capture their sixth ODI World Cup title.

After being sent into bat, India were bowled out for a below-par 240. In reply, Australia overcame initial hiccups to win by six wickets with Travis Head hitting a magnificent 137.

Upset with Australia winning the tournament, some frustrated Indian cricket fans are using social media to give rape threats to Head’s wife Jess and their one-year-old daughter.

Even all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s wife – Vini Raman, who is of Indian descent, was targeted online.

Maxwell’s wife took to her Instagram account to say that she was getting “hateful vile messages” after Australia’s win. Maxwell hit the winning runs in the final.

“Aaaaand cue all the hateful vile DMS. Stay classy,” Vini wrote in a social media post with photos from their trip.

“Can’t believe this needs to be said BUT you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have been raised and more importantly the team your husband and father of your child plays in #nobrainer

“Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important world issues," she added.

Amid these online threats, there were several Indian netizens who apologised to Australian cricketers. They urged others to show respect to the world champions.

“It’s disheartening to witness people criticize Maxwell and other Australians for playing a fabulous cricket against India in #CWC2023Final. They played crucial roles, and it’s a shame to see individuals targeting their family members based on their Indian origin.. Grow up Indians (sic),” a user wrote on X (Twitter).

Another user wrote, “Accept the defeat gracefully ..Other teams also play to win, let them enjoy, while you can cry in hiding.. (sic).”

“A couple of People are tarnishing the image of All the Indians. A wife would obviously support her husband. Grow up People!! (sic),” another X user said.

Glenn Maxwell's wife Vini Raman says she received "hateful vile" messages after Australia won the World Cup in India.

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