India's premium fast bowler Mohammed Shami has criticized those spreading controversy who suggested that he be India's leading wicket-taker in the 2023 ODI World Cup after taking one wicket in India's World Cup win against Sri Lanka last year. Didn't want to prostrate.
Shami criticizes social media posts after India's win on his YouTube channel MumbaiWhich sparked more controversy than his five-wicket haul as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 55 runs.
“There were people who were saying that I wanted to prostrate, but did not. Some people appealed for the country, some for my caste. The worm in his mind said (Whatever dirty thing he had to say, he did). Instead of appreciating my bowling, people highlighted that controversy,” Shami said.
The incident occurred in the 18th over of Sri Lanka's chase when Shami dismissed centurion Kasun Rajitha to complete his 5-fer and both fell on the ground on their knees, which many people on social media described as a protest. Was estimated as an attempt. The sacred act of bowing in Islamic culture.
“First of all, I'm not afraid of anyone with this thing (When it comes to this, I am not afraid of anyone),” Shami pressed. “I am a Muslim, and I have said it before, I am proud to be a Muslim. And I am also proud that I am an Indian. For me, country comes first. I don't care if these things bother anyone. I live happily and represent my country, nothing matters more to me than that. As far as controversies are concerned, I don't care about those who live just to play these games on social media. As far as Sajda is concerned, if I wanted to do it, I would have done it. No one else should have to worry about this.”
Giving his opinion on the above incident, Shami explained, “I think I was bowling the fifth over in a row, and was bowling with effort beyond my capacity. I was tired. The ball was taking the edge again and again, so when I finally got the fifth wicket, I went down on my knees. Someone pushed me and I moved forward a little. That photo was widely circulated on social media. People thought I wanted to prostrate, but I didn't. I have only one advice for them, please stop this kind of nuisance.”
Shami finished the World Cup as the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 24 wickets in just seven matches, overtaking Javagal Srinath. zaheer khan To become India's all-time leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
The 33-year-old is currently recovering from an injury that has kept him out of action since the conclusion of the tournament in November.