Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik raised hackles of many while answering a fan’s question on Friday during the Champion’s Trophy.
A fan asked Malik who he felt was the best bowler in the Indian team.
The best bowler in the Indian team is Mohammed Shami. Not because he’s a Muslim guy. I’ve seen his bowling, played against him also. For me, I find him tough. That’s why.
— ICC (@ICC) May 26, 2017
Although the cricketer may have responded innocently and did not want to heat things up, few tweeples weren’t happy with the answer. They argued that Malik did not have to mention the religion to validate the choice.
— Avhilash Adhikari☆ (@Wild_Material) May 27, 2017
— Anshuman Jha (@anshumanjha_98) May 26, 2017
— Roshan Todi (@roshantodi) May 26, 2017
Malik is married to Indian tennis champion, Sania Mirza, and is playing in the championship for the sixth time. The questions were asked by fans on the official ICC Twitter handle.