Moeen refuses to pay attention to ‘haters’

England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he tries very hard not to listen to critics, especially when it has nothing to do with his cricket and all to do with his heritage.

Moeen was booed by fans while playing against India at Edgbaston recently, which came as a shock for him as the ‘haters’ were British fans supporting India, in his home town of Birmingham.

But he says he can’t allow such things to get under his skin, and will ignore it if it happens in future.

Moeen said: “No matter what you do, no matter how good you try to be, you are always going to get a certain amount of haters, so I just accept that and carry on. It doesn’t really bother me at all.

“I live by a phrase, ‘A lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep’, so I just get on with it.

“I have had a lot of Indian friends who have apologised on behalf of other people for the boos, and it’s nice, it’s really nice to hear that. That sort of thing inspires me to keep going and not lose heart.”

The all-rounder went on to say that he also had to worry about his family during the drama, because he feared his dad might ‘lose it’ with the booing masses, and he kept looking into the crowd to make sure there weren’t any fights.

He said of the Birmingham locals: “I did hear guys with Brummie accents telling me to play for my own country, so it was a tough one. They were more Brummie than I was.

“But it was a shame because I only live five minutes down the road from Edgbaston, and my family were there and my friends were there and everyone was getting quite angry.

“I was surprised my dad didn’t do anything, to be honest with you, because he is quite a hot-tempered person as well, so I was very surprised that he just sat there and watched the game.

“Obviously he was getting angry, but he never did anything, but I was looking in the crowd to see if there was a fight anywhere and make sure my dad wasn’t one of them.

“I thought my dad would definitely lose it at some stage, but thankfully he didn’t.”