Senior India pacer Mohammed Shami spoke profoundly over the talks around his sajdah, Ram temple, and chants of Jai Shree Ram and Allahu Akbar.
The Uttar Pradesh-born Mohammed Shami said he has no issue whatsoever if anyone is chanting Jai Shree Ram, the same way he expects no one else to have any objection is chanting Allahu Akbar.
Appearing on the News18 news channel, Shami recalled how his potentially doing a Sajdah during the World Cup after taking a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in the semi-final caused a lot of debate and became a hot topic.
After securing his five-for at the Wankhede, Shami went down on the pitch on both his knees. Some thought he was doing Sajdah, but he didn’t. Some said on social media that perhaps Shami got scared of the outrage it could cause in a certain section of people.
“In every religion, you will come across 5 to 10 people who won’t like the person from the opposite religion. I don’t have any objection against it,” Shami said on News18. “Like how the topic of Sajda came up… If Ram Mandir is being built, then what’s the problem in saying Jai Shri Ram… say it 1000 times. If I want to say Allahu Akbar then I will say it 1000 times… what difference does it make?” he added.
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If these things bother someone, I don’t care: Mohammed Shami
Earlier, he had passionately said that he would Sajdah when he wanted to and nobody can stop anyone in a free country from doing as their will.
“First of all, mai kisise nhi darta iss cheez se (I’m not afraid of anyone when it comes to this),” Shami said last year after the World Cup. “I’m a Muslim, and I’ve said this before, I’m proud of being one. And I’m a proud Indian too. For me, the country comes first. If these things bother someone, I don’t care.
“I live happily, and I represent my country, nothing matters more to me. As far as the controversies are concerned, those who only live to play these games on social media, I don’t care about them. As far as Sajdah is concerned, if I wanted to do it, I would have. It shouldn’t concern anyone else.”
Mohammed Shami is currently recovering from an ankle injury and hasn’t played professional cricket since the World Cup, where he was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament despite being on the bench for four games. He is unlikely to feature in the ongoing Test series against England.