Former cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir has reacted to the latest revelation from Shoaib Akhtar regarding Danish Kaneria. The former Pakistan fast-bowler has sensationally revealed how Danish Kaneria was mistreated by the Pakistan players because of being a Hindu. Danish Kaneria was only the second Hindu player after Anil Dalpat to represent Pakistan in international cricket.
While speaking during a chat show, Akhtar made it clear that players belonging to minority communities were not treated well in the dressing room. In fact, he said that Kaneria’s Pakistani teammate even barred him from picking up food from the same table as others because of his faith.
“Captain would raise eyebrows about him eating with us or taking the food from the same table. I told him that you could be the captain but your conduct is despicable. This guy (Kaneria) is chalking up so many wickets to win matches for us and you’re treating him like this,” Shoaib Akhtar spoke on a cricket show titled ‘Game on Hai’.
Gautam Gambhir has now reacted to the news and said that this is the real face of Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir stated that it is a shame that a player who has represented the country in so many matches had to go through this. The legendary batsman also cited the example of former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin to state the difference between the two countries.
“This is the actual face of Pakistan. We had Mohammad Azharuddin as captain of our side and he captained us in 80-90 Test matches. This shows the reality of Pakistan, they have a sportsman (Imran Khan) as their Prime Minister, still, people in their country have to go through this. Kaneria played 60 matches for Pakistan and it is shameful,” Gambhir told reporters.
Danish Kaneria, meanwhile, is fourth on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for Pakistan, behind only fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Imran Khan. He picked up 261 wickets in 62 Tests. In 2012, he was suspended from cricket due to match-fixing allegations.