Harbhajan Singh to ex-cop: Players are Indians first, religion irrelevant
Harbhajan Singh’s reply to former top Gujarat policeman Sanjiv Bhatt has gone viral on social media. The ex-top cop had commented on Muslim players in the Indian cricket teamUpdated: Oct 24, 2017 14:00 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Harbhajan Singh’s reply to former top Gujarat policeman Sanjiv Bhatt on social media has gone viral. The cop had posted a comment on social media regarding Muslim players in Indian cricket team.
“In the present time, is there any Muslim player in the Indian cricket team? Since independence, how many times has it happened that there are no Muslim players in the Indian team? Have Muslims stopped playing cricket? Or the selectors are following the rules of a different game?” Bhatt said in a social media post, written in Hindi.
क्या इस समय भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम में कोई मुस्लिम खिलाड़ी है ?— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) October 22, 2017
आज़ादी से आज तक ऐसा कितनी बार हुआ कि भारत की क्रिकेट... https://t.co/Nb6ufi71qX
In the current Indian side, fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are two Muslim cricketers in the squad, named for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka and the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.
However, the former policeman’s allegations hinting on communal differences did not go down too well with Harbhajan, who replied by saying that anyone who plays for the national cricket team is an Indian and there should be no discussion on his caste or colour.
हिंदू मुस्लिम सिख ईसाई आपस में है भाई। क्रिकेट टीम में खेलने वाला हर खिलाड़ी हिंदुस्तानी है उसकी जात या रंग की बात नहीं होनी चाहिए (जय भारत) https://t.co/UVvSHaLJdY— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 23, 2017
Siraj, the son of an auto rickshaw driver in Hyderabad, was on Monday named in the Indian T20I side to face New Zealand in a three-match series starting November 1. Siraj has had a rapid rise in the Indian cricket circles, claiming as many as 41 wickets in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 for Hyderabad and helping his team to qualify for the quarter-final stage.
Siraj was also picked up for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore by the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On the other hand, Shami, who was not picked for India’s three-match ODI series against New Zealand will be a part of the Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
First Published: Oct 24, 2017 13:46 IST