Former Indian Test specialist Wasim Jaffer has so far made a tremendous impact on social media with his tricky predictions in the ongoing Test series. In the previous Test match at the SCG, he had kept Team India's stand-in-captain Ajinkya Rahane, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and the fans guessing with his coded messages.
Ahead of the series-deciding fourth and final Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Jaffer had posted a blank tweet after a passionate cricket fan had reminded him that he is desperately waiting for the veteran cricketer to come up with a coded tweet for 'Jinx' by picking Team India's Playing XI for 4th Test. However, it seems that Wasim Jaffer definitely had something in mind.
After the 42-year-old had gone through the fan's tweet on Wednesday, he replied to him by saying that he does not have a message for the team this time around as they have performed so far and that they have already done what was expected and more. Furthermore, the ex-Indian Test opener concluded by saying that irrespective of what happens in Brisbane, this series will go down as a massive success in his books.
No msg this time. The way they have performed so far, they've already done what was expected and more. Irrespective of what happens in Brisbane, this series will go down as a massive success in my books. 👏👏 #AUSvIND https://t.co/msZLSTrfpf— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 13, 2021
Surprisingly, the very next day i.e. Thursday, there was a twist in the tale as the Ranji Trophy-winning skipper took to the micro-blogging site and wrote 'Uchalti pitch par itna mat machal yaar, Kya pata ban jaaye shikari khud shikar'.
उछलती पिच पर इतना ना मचल यार— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 14, 2021
क्या पता बन जाए शिकारी खुद शिकार!😉 #AUSvIND
Now, it remains to be seen whether the multiple-time Ranji Trophy winner has cautioned India or the Australian team here.
However, it is the visitors who have their task cut out come Friday as the injury-marred Indian team will be fielding a depleted unit in the decider.
Another reason why Jaffer might have asked both teams to be careful is considering that the Gabba Test is expected to be played on a green-top wicket. Cricket Australia (CA) had unveiled the Gabba deck for the all-important fourth Test match on Wednesday.
The surface appears to be green, as traditionally associated with the venue. So were the fans able to decode the iconic Test batsman's message? Here are a few of the reactions.
Decode Karna padega— JUST FOR NEWS (@AxGharat) January 14, 2021
Translate to English. Please 🙏— parthah (@17hertzz) January 14, 2021
Start decoding folks— Avinash Kumar (@avinashmth898) January 14, 2021
Go with 3 pace bowlers & pace all-rounder .— BHUBANANANDA NAYAK (@bhubana_nanda) January 14, 2021
It’s for Aussies that don’t be so overconfident on gabba’s pitch India can easily shock them like they have done throughout the series— Manan (@Manan55451085) January 14, 2021
This time there will be no secret message because only 11 players are fit 😂😂— Gulshan Kumar (@kumar__gulshann) January 14, 2021
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