Abhinav Mukund    AFP
Abhinav Mukund AFP

Cricket has seen its share of racism in the past but very few have raised their concerns in open. Abhinav Mukund, who hails from Chennai, is one such cricketer who took to Twitter to slam the criticisms he received on his skin tone. It was later lauded by Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, and Manoj Tiwary. However, what hits the most is that a country like India is obsessed with the topic of racial abuse. He also found immense support from the general masses as well as media. Well, he was in limelight not just for his emotional tweet but also for a composed knock of 81 that he scored in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka.

However, he had to make way for KL Rahul in the second Test and since remained out of the series. In an exclusive chat with the Times of India (TOI), Mukund did express his disappointment, It was disappointing to miss out. But the current Indian team is such that you have to make way for the regulars. There were players who sat out even after scoring a 300 (Karun Nair). That’s how the team is and that’s why we are the No. 1 side in the world. I understood it. Kohli and Shastri said they loved my commitment and were pleased with my efforts on the field and with the bat. I know I will get my opportunity again. Mukund missed his century by a mere 19 runs and that hurt the youngster as well.

I always had the confidence to score at the international arena. I was focused on the task at hand. I wanted to capitalise in the second innings. I was disappointed not to get a hundred but it felt good to spend some time in the middle at the top level, he added.

Mukund also explained what triggered the 27-year-old to hit out on Twitter, I have been facing such comments for a long time on social media. And I understand that people from Chennai or down south are generally dark in complexion. I don’t understand how trolling cannot be taken seriously. A couple of ex-cricketers from Chennai did call me and said they too had faced such comments and that they were glad I came out. I wanted to make a statement so that people take it seriously. I think they have. Now that the change is brought in the focus shifted to Mukund s fifty against Sri Lanka who already boasts of 26 centuries and 31 half-centuries in First-Class cricket.