Up until now, former India cricketer Mohamamd Kaif has been a darling of India’s right-wing brigade, which adored him for his perceived nationalist social media posts.
Last year, he faced incessant trolling after he posted photos of doing surya namaskar, a yoga posture. The photographs had invited snide remarks from twitter trolls with some accusing him of violating his religious beliefs.
Faced with Twitter trolling, Kaif, who has played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India, had hit back at the trolls saying that physical exercise had got nothing to do with religion.
On Sunday, Kaif was among those former cricketers and pundits, who congratulated Pakistani cricket team after they puleld off a six-wicket win over Australia in the final of the Twenty20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club. Opener Fakhar Zaman was the hero of the match with a career-best score of 91.
Taking to Twitter, Kaif wrote, “Well done to Pakistan on winning the T20 series final against Australia. Great innings from Fakhar Zaman , looks a big match player. Congratulations.”
Well done to Pakistan on winning the T20 series final against Australia. Great innings from Fakhar Zaman , looks a big match player.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2018
Little did he realise that the members of the right-wing brigade, who adored him up until now will declare him a traitor and slam him for congratulating an enemy country. One user wrote, “Didn’t expect this from you. After all your love for Pakistan finally came out in the open.” Another Twitter user wrote, “Was it necessary to congratulate Pakistan? This is what is called love for Pakistan.” Another user wrote, “deshdrohi (traitor)”
Kaif had married a Noida-based journalist Pooja Yadav in 2011. Their first child Kabir was born in 2012. The couple was blessed with a daughter in 2017. Both are very active on social media platforms, where the former India cricketer frequently shares updates about his life and family photos.