There are many cricketers, who have been the victims to the social media trolls and Indian pacer Irfan Pathan is to the top in this list. The Baroda all-rounder is always in the news for posting pictures on the social media whether be it for posting a photograph with wife Safa Baig or celebrating Rakshabandhan.
Recently, Pathan posted a picture of himself celebrating the traditional Indian festival “Raksha Bandhan” wearing a Rakhi, for which he has been once again the victims to the social media troll.
However, the 32-year-old all-rounder was taken lightly the trollers and not worried about what everyone else said, and thanked the people, who have supported and cheered him. He also believes that there's no point responding to the 'so-called haters', but he always reacts with love who loves and respects him.
In an exclusive telephonic conversation with ANI, Irfan Pathan said, “I always believe there are lots of friends and fans, who love and respect me and that are the most important thing for me. There are always going to be haters. There are always going to be some people who will say negative about you. And my reaction is not for them. I don’t even tag them when I reply to them because I don't want to give anything to them. I will always react with love.”
He further added, “I always manage social media very carefully. You need to be careful because there are a lot of fake accounts. Using those fake accounts, there are lots of people who say things which they cannot say from their own profile. And yes, there are people with real accounts as well and they express their opinions in terms of talking negatively about certain things.”
The left-armer further added that he always tries to keep his dignity and don't go overboard. The all-rounder also added that this type’s incident on the social media doesn’t bother him.
He added, “I always make sure I keep my dignity and I don't go overboard. I don't use foul language. I make sure if I want to send my message across, I do it with dignity and with strong words I do it. I don’t go there and clarify all the times because it’s not required. If you know you are doing the right thing, you do what you believe in and as well as I am happy, I am not too bothered about it,' said the Indian all-rounder.”
Irfan Pathan concluded by saying, “I just read things and even before I come out with a reaction, I control myself. I always make sure I control what I can control rather than controlling what people are saying and what they are not saying.”