‘Takes Jihadist mindset of another level’: Venkatesh Prasad slams Waqar Younis over ‘Namaz’ comment

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad slammed former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis for his controversial statement that opener Mohammad Rizwan “offering prayers in front of Hindus was very special to him”.

While cricket fans from both the countries have lauded Pakistan’s dominating performance against India in their opening T20 World Cup match, fans have not been impressed with former pacer Waqar finding joy in something beyond cricket.

“The way Babar and Rizwan batted, the strike-rotation, the look on their faces, it was amazing. The best part, what Rizwan did, Mashalla, he offered Namaz on the land surrounded by Hindus, it was really something Very special to me,” Waqar said on ARY News.

Notably, the shocking statement did not go down well with Venkatesh Prasad, who took to Twitter to call out Younis for displaying his ‘jihadi mentality’. He further wrote and called them ‘shameless’, “Having prayed while standing in the midst of Hindus, it was very special for me” – Waqar. To say this in a game takes another level of jihadist mindset. What a shameful man. ”

Earlier, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and wrote, “For a man of Waqar Younis’ stature to say that seeing Rizwan offer Namaz in front of Hindus was very special to him is one of the most depressing things I have come across. Heard. A lot of us try to play things like this and talk about sports and it’s terrible to hear.”

Meanwhile, after facing backlash from the cricket fraternity and fans, Waqar on Wednesday (October 27, 2021) apologized for his derogatory remarks. The former Pakistan fast bowler apologized through his official Twitter account and said that it was not intended at all.

He said, “In the heat of the moment, I said something I didn’t mean to hurt the sentiments of many people. I apologize for that, it was not intended at all, a genuine mistake.” Younis said sport unites people regardless of caste, color or religion.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up a remarkable performance as their team thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Rizwan (79) and Babar (68) did not give the Indian bowlers any chance to come out on top as both the batsmen dominated as Pakistan chased down the target of 152 runs without losing a wicket. This, notably, was the first time that India lost a T20I by ten wickets and incidentally, it was also the first time that Pakistan have won a T20I by ten wickets.

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad slammed former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis for his controversial statement that opener Mohammad Rizwan “offering prayers in front of Hindus was very special to him”.

While cricket fans from both the countries have lauded Pakistan’s dominating performance against India in their opening T20 World Cup match, fans have not been impressed with former pacer Waqar finding joy in something beyond cricket.

“The way Babar and Rizwan batted, the strike-rotation, the look on their faces, it was amazing. The best part, what Rizwan did, Mashalla, he offered Namaz on the land surrounded by Hindus, it was really something Very special to me,” Waqar said on ARY News.

Notably, the shocking statement did not go down well with Venkatesh Prasad, who took to Twitter to call out Younis for displaying his ‘jihadi mentality’. He further wrote and called them ‘shameless’, “Having prayed while standing in the midst of Hindus, it was very special for me” – Waqar. To say this in a game takes another level of jihadist mindset. What a shameful man. ”

Earlier, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and wrote, “For a man of Waqar Younis’ stature to say that seeing Rizwan offer Namaz in front of Hindus was very special to him is one of the most depressing things I have come across heard. A lot of us try to play things like this and talk about sports and it’s terrible to hear.”

Meanwhile, after facing backlash from the cricket fraternity and fans, Waqar on Wednesday (October 27, 2021) apologized for his derogatory remarks. The former Pakistan fast bowler apologized through his official Twitter account and said that it was not intended at all.

He said, “In the heat of the moment, I said something I didn’t mean to hurt the sentiments of many people. I apologize for that, it was not intended at all, a genuine mistake.” Younis said sport unites people regardless of caste, color or religion.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up a remarkable performance as their team thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Rizwan (79) and Babar (68) did not give the Indian bowlers any chance to come out on top as both the batsmen dominated as Pakistan chased down the target of 152 runs without losing a wicket. This, notably, was the first time that India lost a T20I by ten wickets and incidentally, it was also the first time that Pakistan have won a T20I by ten wickets.

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