The Australian has slammed the activity of some social media users as “absolutely disgusting” and implored people to “try being a decent person… instead of spreading abuse”, after his Royal Challengers lost their elimination play-off by four wickets.
“Great season by RCB,” Maxwell wrote on Twitter.
“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 (sic) some horrible people out there that make social media a horrible place to be. Unacceptable! Please don’t be like them!”
Maxwell continued his rant in a second Twitter post.
“If you comment abuse on one of my teammates’/friends’ social media with negative/abusive rubbish, you will be blocked by everyone,” Maxwell wrote.
“What is the point of being a terrible person? There is no excuse!”
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Royal Challengers batted first and posted 7-138 from their 20 overs, with captain Virat Kohli top-scoring in a knock of 39 from 33 balls.
Knight Riders off-spinner Sunil Narine snared four wickets, including the crucial scalps of Maxwell, Kohli and South African maestro AB de Villiers.
The Knight Riders then chased the required runs with four wickets and two balls to spare, with young opener Shubman Gill top-scoring in an innings of 29 from 18 balls.
Kolkata are now set for a sudden-death match against the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals.
Maxwell, Smith, Hazlewood and Stoinis are all members of Australia’s squad for the T20 World Cup, set to begin in a clash between Oman and Papua New Guinea on Sunday.
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