The batsman took to Twitter to take a stand against the scourge of colour discrimination.
It’s no myth that racism and more specifically colour discrimination is a widespread social evil in our country. On Wednesday, Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund decided to take a strong stand against this menace, posting a heartfelt message on Twitter. The left-handed batsman recalled the times he had been discriminated against and made a plea to everyone to be “comfortable in your own skin”. The post received close to 2000 likes by the morning of Thursday and had been retweeted close to 1000 times.
Mukund, who played the first Test for India vs Sri Lanka at Galle, said that his message was not written to garner any sympathy but with the hope that it would change the mindset of people on the issue.
The Indian opener spoke about how people were always obsessed about the colour of his skin, “I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. Any one who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades. It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoor. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in our country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 9, 2017
Mukund has played seven Test matches for India, scoring 321 runs with a best score of 81. He is currently on tour with the Indian team in Sri Lanka. AFter being a part of the playing XI in the first Test, Mukund was replaced by regular opener KL Rahul for 2nd Test.