Entirely losing the plot, former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq singled out bowler Mohammed Shami over his religion while analysing the Indian bowlers.
The former Pakistani all-rounder spoke about the Indian bowling attack hailing them as the best but after he got past how one of Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav manage to find a way even if the others draw a blank, he came to Mohammed Shami and immediately cited his religion, also managing to add that it was 'fine' that he was playing for India.
He said, "They have the best bowling attack. Bumrah is leading their bowling charts. If he is not taking a wicket, Yadav and Chahal are their wicket taking bowlers. Now, Shami has already done his work and he is a Muslim, that's the good thing, it's fine that he's playing for India."
Razzaq then doubled back on his praise, even as his own team Pakistan stares at elimination in the tournament:
"But if you see overall, their star bowlers are not claiming any wickets and we have seen their bowling. The England batsmen have hit their bowlers Yadav and Chahal so easily they made 336 runs."
While India has sealed its spot in the World Cup 2019 semi-finals after a victory against Bangladesh on Tuesday night, Pakistan is still struggling to qualify in the international tournament's knockout rounds.
Shami, who was on the bench during the first four matches of the ongoing tournament, ensured that India did not struggle with a new ball bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar's injury and has been making a remarkable impact ever since he got his first game against Afghanistan. The speedster picked up a match-winning hat-trick as he finished with figures of 4/40.
He followed it up with a remarkable bowling performance against West Indies with another four-wicket haul. He finished with figures of 4/16. The 29-year-old continued his splendid form against hosts England where he not only registered a third consecutive four-wicket haul but also picked up a fifer on a perfect flat wicket. He ended his spell with figures of 5/69. Shami is now India's leading wicket-taker with 13 scalps in three matches. His five-wicket haul was the first for an Indian bowler in this tournament.
Pakistan's frustration at its own shortcoming has been apparent in recent days, especially in the context of India's sole loss to England which dealt a blow to Pakistan's chances to progress. A few days ago, even Pakistani former pacer Waqar Younis misdirected his frustration on India by insinuating through a tweet that India probably 'fixed' the match by writing that the ‘Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly.’