New Delhi: Shoaib Malik created a controversy while answering a question posed by a fan on Friday during video interaction with fans.
— ICC (@ICC) May 26, 2017
When asked who he felt was the best bowler in the Indian team, Malik said, “The best bowler in the Indian team is Mohammad Shami. Not because he is Muslim. I have seen his bowling and played against him also. For me I find him tough. That’s why.”
#AskShoaib who is the best bowler in India.?
— Baquer ali (@Baquerali2) May 26, 2017
Malik’s answer didn’t go down too well with fans, who felt the 35-year-old should have refrained from referring to Shami’s religion while answering the question. The following are the few reactions by the users of twitter.
'Not because he is a Muslim guy'??
— Anshuman Jha (@anshumanjha_98) May 26, 2017
Not because he is Muslim guy ? That wasn't necessary to say ? Certainly not🤗
— DrBishnoipraveen (@bishnoibarmer29) May 26, 2017
Sirji Sami is pride of India 🇮🇳 no need to bring religion between, by the we also like u as great player ur religion we never thought about
— Naresh-Indian First (@SangamNaresh) May 26, 2017