Waqar Younis Ignites Indians After Claiming He Loves Namaz Recited 'in Front of Hindus' at T20 Match
Waqar's comments didn't sit well with the Indian public, including a number of cricketers and pundits.
While noted Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle dubbed Waqar's remarks as "dangerous" and "disappointing", a former Indian fast bowler, Venkatesh Prasad, called it a "jihadist" mindset.
On the other hand, a few claimed that "bigotry was at its peak in Pakistan", some said that it wasn't a "surprise", considering "cricketing talent was no cure for illiteracy and idiocy".
"Hinduon ke beech me khade hoke namaaz padi, that was very very special for me" - Waqar .— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) October 26, 2021
Takes jihadi mindset of another level to say this in a sport. What a shameful man.
For a person of Waqar Younis' stature to say that watching Rizwan offering namaz in front of Hindus was very special to him, is one of the most disappointing things I have heard. A lot of us try hard to play such things down and talk up sport and to hear this is terrible.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 26, 2021
Waqar Younis gloating over ‘namaz among Hindus’ is no shock or surprise. Cricketing talent is no cure for illiteracy, idiocy & bigotry. It’s disappointing only because it shuts up those few like us who’ve been batting for resuming bilateral sports with Pakistan. Not worth it.— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 26, 2021
Bigotry at its peak in Pakistan. This is former Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis saying “Hindoon k beech mein kharay ho kar namaz parhi, that was very special.” (It was special for him that Rizwan offered Namaz in front of Hindus in the field.) 🤦♂️— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) October 26, 2021
Waqar Younis comments on "Namaz among Hindus" coupled with Sheikh Rashid's nonsense adds pure poison to what should have been a heady cocktail of only sport. And no, none of it means its ok to ask Indian Muslims to respond like they have to answer for it. They dont.— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) October 26, 2021