Former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif was at the receiving end of a backlash from hardliners on social media once again. The UP cricketer, who drew flak in the past for posting pictures of him playing chess and doing Surya Namaskar, faced the ire of the troll army this time for celebrating Christmas with his family.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif was once again under attack from social media trolls after he posted a photo celebrating Christmas with his family. “Merry Christmas! May there be love and peace,” he captioned the photo which shows the Kaif family posing next to a Christmas tree. Upset by Kaif’s photo, some of his followers trolled him for allegedly defying the traditions of Islam. Previously, the 36-year-old has faced criticism for playing chess, doing a Surya Namaskar and supporting the Triple Talaq verdict.
On the eve of Christmas, Mohammad Kaif had posted on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts pictures of Christmas celebrations with his wife and children. “Merry Christmas! May there be peace and love,” read the cricketer’s post containing pictures.
Here is how some of Kaif’s Twitter followers reacted to his tweets:
Bhaijaan I don't like this post ye new year hota to theek tha but ye tyohaar hum musalmaanon ka nahi hai I hate this post please delete and (Allah) se tauba karo
— MOHAMMAD Aftab Alam (@AftabAl79667292) December 25, 2017
ikk musalman ho k chrismas manatee huwe sharamm nhi ati apko????? thodaa too khuda se khauff khao kaif bhaiii
— Rahim Sheikh (@SheikhRahim_) December 25, 2017
secular country… Secular people…But think about your religion first.. Before doing this kind of activity.
— Younus Khan (@Younus21) December 25, 2017
Earlier in the year, Kaif had shown interest in the post of fielding coach of the Indian cricket team. In a question-answer round on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Kaif was asked by a fan whether he is looking forward to become Team India’s fielding coach. Kaif replied by saying, “Would be wonderful to be able to contribute in this capacity.”
Moula ki Khasam Tu Badi Zillat Se Marega Fail Cricketer Off All Formats.
— Mohd Fasiuddin(Life To Humanity) (@MohdFasiuddin10) December 25, 2017
However, this isn’t the first time Kaif has faced the heat from social media users. Back in January, Kaif was criticised for doing “Suryanamaskar”.
“Surya Namaskar is a complete workout fr the physical system, a comprehensive exercise form without any need fr equipment.#KaifKeFitnessFunde,” Kaif posted on Twitter alongside four pictures which depict him performing the ancient Indian exercise.
Wish you too Merry Christmas…..I know you are one of them..but believe me if we celebrate all festive it's too good….it's not only to distribute gifts but to take out time for ourselves and our family ….I love you as Human and your thoughts. @sachin_rt @YUVSTRONG12 Merry Xm
— Manoj Kumar (@Manoj1418) December 25, 2017
Kaif was a brilliant fielder in his heydays and was often compared with the likes of South Africa fielding star Jonty Rhodes. With his spectacular fielding, Kaif had taken India’s standards to another level. He used to field mostly at cover and point region and his domination could be seen clearly.
Kaif, who played 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, served as the fielding coach of the Gujarat Lions in the recently-concluded 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).