Indian pacer Mohammad Shami was dropped along with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from Indian team for last league game against Sri Lanka. The two were replaced by pacer Bhuvaneswar Kumar and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. India registered a a seven-wicket win in the game en route to their chase of 256 to finish top of the table on the points table.
However, after the match, one Pakistani cricket analyst had a very absurd theory for why Shami was rested. According to the Pakistani analyst, Shami was dropped not because of any reasons concerning to cricket, but because of him being a Muslim. He further alleged it to be an agenda of the BJP.
“I wouldn’t have dropped. The bowler who has picked 14 wickets in only three matches (4 matches). You’ve benched him suddenly. He was also approaching a record. He would’ve also come in top two or three in the leading wicket-takers’ list. I can’t understand. I think there is pressure on the team to bench Shami. I think BJP’s agenda of not letting the Muslims progress is the reason for Shami being benched,” he said.
VIDEO: India rested Shami yesterday against Sri Lanka on Modi's order as he doesn't want Muslims to play for team and break records – Pakistan's cricket analysts pic.twitter.com/BVv2bLwpUD
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) July 7, 2019
This isn’t the first time that religion has been brought into match discussions while talking about Shami. Last week, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, while speaking as one of the panelists on Geo TV, hailed ‘musalman’ Shami’s effort while accusing the other bowlers of not giving their best in India’s defeat against England.