Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has hit back at "disgusting" online abuse after his Royal Challengers Bangalore side were knocked out of the Indian Premier League.
The Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Bangalore by four wickets in their eliminator clash, with RCB failing to hit a single six in their innings as they posted a below-par total.
The Knight Riders then chased it down with two balls remaining and they are now one game away from a spot in the final.
After members of the team received abuse on social media, Maxwell wrote on Twitter : "Great season by RCB, unfortunately we fell well short of where we thought we should be.
"Doesn't take away from an amazing season!! Some of the garbage that has been flowing on social media is absolutely disgusting!
"We are human beings who are giving our best each and every day. Try being a decent person maybe instead of spreading abuse… Thank you to the REAL fans that shared love and appreciation for the players giving their all!
"Unfortunately there is some horrible people out there that makes social media a horrible place to be. It is unacceptable!!!! Please don't be like them!!!"
In a follow-up tweet, he added: "If you comment abuse on one of my teammates/friends social media with negative/abusive rubbish, you will be blocked by everyone. What is the point of being a terrible person? There is no excuse!!!"
The game was Virat Kohli 's final one in charge of Bangalore, with the India captain announcing last month that he would be stepping down as skipper after the season came to an end.
Reflecting on his time as captain, Kohli told Star Sports: "I've tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket, play with belief.
"It's something I've tried to do at the Indian team level as well. All I can say is that I've given my best.
"I don't know how the response has been to that, but I can vouch for the fact that I've given my 120% to this franchise every year, leading the team.
"And as I said, I will continue to give that effort on the field as a player from now on. It's a great time to regroup, restructure the franchise for the next three years, and bring in people who can take this culture and this franchise to the next level, moving forward."
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