In a disappointing display of intolerance, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj faced backlash over his “Thank you almighty Allah” tweet following India’s triumphant victory against South Africa in the T20 World Cup.

The tweet, which featured a picture of the team celebrating with the cup and Siraj’s heartfelt gratitude, received praise from many fans.

However, a segment of fans chose to troll the bowler, targeting him for his religious expression.

The Unfortunate Mix of Religion and Sports

This incident highlights a troubling trend within sports fandom in India, where religion is unnecessarily intertwined with sports achievements. This not only disrespects the player but also undermines the unity and camaraderie that cricket symbolizes.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Before Mohammed Siraj, players like Mohammad Shami and Irfan Pathan have also faced similar backlash in the past.

Cricket, often referred to as a religion in India, should unite people and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of players who come together to represent the nation. It is crucial for fans to respect players from all faiths and recognize that their achievements on the field are due to their hard work and dedication, not their religious beliefs.

Recognizing Contributions

India’s Muslim population contributes significantly to the country’s cultural and sporting fabric. It is vital for Indian cricket fans to support and celebrate the achievements of all players, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

Siraj has served Team India with pride since making his international debut in 2017. He was instrumental to India’s dominant run in the ODI World Cup 2023, where they remained unbeaten until Australia defeated them in the final.

Indian fans should learn to respect their heroes irrespective of their caste, colour or religion and uphold the true spirit of cricket.

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