The wife of Aussie cricket star Glenn Maxwell has taken to social media to condemn 'vile' messages she has received in the wake of the World Cup final. Maxwell hit the winning runs as Australia beat India by six wickets to win the World Cup in a huge boilover on Sunday night.
But the incredible victory has been soured somewhat by the actions of angry Indian fans who are struggling to get over the loss. Maxwell's wife Vini, who is of Indian descent, took to Instagram on Monday night to decry the shocking treatment she has received in the aftermath.
"Cue all the hateful, vile DMs (direct messages). Stay classy," she wrote. "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. Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important world issues."
Maxwell and Vini were married in 2022, with one ceremony in India and one in Australia. They welcomed their first child in September this year - a baby boy named Logan Maverick Maxwell.
Vini isn't the only WAG to cop some horrific treatment in the wake of Australia's victory, with Travis Head's wife Jessica also receiving some vile comments on social media. Jessica was spotted celebrating in the Aussie rooms with her husband on Sunday night after his masterful knock of 137 in the final.
Social media users were quick to condemn the treatment of the Aussie WAGs, labelling it "disgusting" and "pathetic". It wasn't the only instance of Indian fans behaving badly during and after the final, with many also taking exception to the fact that hardly anyone in the 100,000-strong crowd applauded Head when he reached his century.
With the game slipping away from India, you could hear a pin drop at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. And the silence continued when Head brought up triple figures, with hardly anyone in the crowd bothering to acknowledge the milestone. Fans were also branded "disgraceful" for booing the umpires in the post-match trophy presentation.
Disgusted to hear that Glenn Maxwell's wife has been the target of social media trolls.
It's sad that we live in an age of such advanced technology that people use it to act in such a way towards others.
— Darren (@DDyer1986) November 20, 2023
Glenn Maxwell's wife Vini getting hate from Indian fans for supporting her husband and Australia. Can you imagine? Please get a life, I've not seen fans stoop so low anywhere else 👎🏽 #INDvsAUSfinal pic.twitter.com/Bybgxoyej8
— Alisha Imran (@Alishaimran111) November 20, 2023
Glenn Maxwell’s wife replies to abusers after the World Cup final.
Who really needs to learn what respect is? pic.twitter.com/1BdTq0nKKg
— Pravin (@meraperspective) November 20, 2023
Travis Head caps off incredible year with World Cup glory
Head was named man-of-the-match for his game-winning innings, which rescued Australia after they fell into a 3-47 hole while chasing 241 for victory. He has now won a man-of-the-series award in the Ashes, as well as man-of-the-match honours in the World Test Championship final and World Cup final.
But his most recent heroics almost didn't come about after he broke his hand in a game against South Africa on the eve of the tournament. The Aussies took a gamble by picking Head in the squad anyway, knowing he wouldn't be available for the first half of the World Cup.
"Not in a million years would I have believed this, what an amazing day," the 29-year-old said. "It's a lot better than sitting on the couch at home, I'm very lucky that everything went well and that I was able to get back here and all support the boys showed me."
Captain Pat Cummins said of the decision to select Head: "The next night (after Head's injury) Ronnie (coach Andrew McDonald) came up to me. He's like, 'I haven't slept all last night. I think we're going to keep him'.
"'We're going to take the risk. He might be right for the Netherlands (game) and then if we're going to make the finals and we want to win the World Cup, I think he needs to be there for the finals'. It means you probably don't have the second spinner in your squad, which is a risk, but obviously it paid off. I couldn't be happier for Trav."
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