Following Glenn Maxwell's heroic double century that propelled Australia into the World Cup semi-final, his wife Vini Raman finds herself at the center of a controversy as some Indian cricket fans target her for supporting Australia.
Vini Raman, born in Australia on March 3, 1993, to parents who migrated from India to Melbourne, took to her Instagram account to address the criticism.
The pharmacist by profession, who graduated in medical science, emphasised, "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 + father of your child plays in."
Despite the joyous occasion of Australia's World Cup victory, Vini Raman's Instagram post suggests that some Indian fans are yet to accept her dual allegiance.
She urged them to redirect their outrage towards more significant global issues, emphasizing that supporting the country of her birth and the team her husband represents is a matter of personal choice and does not compromise her Indian identity.
The couple's love story began in the world of cricket when they first met at a Melbourne Stars event in 2013. Speculation about their relationship arose in 2017 when Vini posted a picture with Glenn Maxwell, sparking the interest of fans.
They officially tied the knot in Australia on March 18, 2022, in a Christian ceremony, followed by a traditional Tamil wedding on March 27 in Chennai. The couple welcomed their son, Logan Maverick Maxwell, on September 15.
As the cricketing world celebrates Maxwell's historic innings, the incident sheds light on the challenges faced by individuals navigating the complex intersection of national identities in the realm of international sports.