India came up with a complete performance against Sri Lanka in their last league match of the ongoing World Cup. The Men in Blue was able to cruise to a convincing win of seven wickets as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul both scored centuries to help their team get over the line.
The bowlers also did a fine job as they restricted Sri Lanka to 264 runs. Meanwhile, Mohammad Shami was rested from the last match. However, Shami’s rest didn’t go down well with a Pakistan cricket analyst who came up with a peculiar statement.
Shami has done a great job for India.
The Pakistan panelist said Mohammad Shami was benched as he is a Muslim. In fact, the analyst blamed the Indian government of Bhartiya Janta Party as he said that they don’t want the Indian Muslims to advance.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami has been amongst the wickets as he has scalped 14 wickets in the four matches he has played. Shami has played at the top of his game and has provided the breakthroughs in the first 10 overs.
“He 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
On the other hand, Mohammad Shami had scalped five wickets in the match against England. Pakistan required India to beat England but the Indian team had lost that match. Subsequently, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq had stated that the Indian team didn’t put its best efforts whereas Shami did his best as he is a Muslim.
Shami is expected to be in the playing XI when India will take on New Zealand in the first semifinal at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9th July.