• Monday, May 27, 2024


Pakistan’s former Hindu cricketer Danish Kaneria wishes Modi on birthday, calls him ‘guardian of Bharat’

The 42-year-old former tainted cricketer has always spoken in support of the Indian prime minister.

(L-R) Pakistan’s former cricketer Danish Kaneria (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images) and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

FORMER Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria on Sunday (17) wished Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on his 73rd birth anniversary and said the leader proved to the world that India is capable of leading it. He also prayed to Lord Ram for the prime minister’s good health and success.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the 42-year-old former spinner who is only the second Hindu cricketer to represent Pakistan in international cricket, referred to Modi as the “guardian of Bharat” and said, “Birthday greetings to the guardian of Bharat, Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi PM Modi has proved that India can lead the world. Today, the entire world is talking about “वसुधैव कुटुंबकम्”। I pray to Lord Ram for his good health and success.”

Kaneria, who played for Pakistan between 2000 and 2010 and ended his career as the country’s highest wicket-taking spinner, was banned for life by the England cricket board in a spot-fixing case. \

The man, who has 276 international and more than 1,000 first-class scalps in his kitty, had necessary qualities to become one of the greatest leg-spinners but his career was too short to fulfil the potential.

Kaneria, who is of Gujarati ethnicity, has supported Modi in the past as well. In 2020, he praised the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh by the prime minister and called it a historic day for Hindus all across the world.

On another occasion, he had lashed out at former Pakistan captain and his one-time colleague Shahid Afridi for making allegedly derogatory remarks against Modi on Kashmir.

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