Pakistan’s journey in the ongoing World Cup went from bad to worse with the heavy loss against India on Sunday. One of the members of the team, who was at the receiving end of the outrage, was Hasan Ali, who went for 84 runs in his nine overs. Even Shoaib Akhtar didn’t mince his words while attacking the speedster. If that was not enough, the fast bowler received more flak on social media after he backed arch-rivals India to win the tournament. However, the 24-year-old deleted his tweet cheering for the neighbours later.
An Indian woman expressed her feeling of pride at India’s victory against Pakistan on Sunday and hoped they go all the way in the quadrennial event. She wrote, “Congratulations #TeamIndia for the splendid win and giving us a moment to celebrate and to feel proud to be an Indian. #IndianCricketTeam let’s capture the world cup now #CWC19.”
The pacer hoped her wishes are fulfilled and replied, “Hogi ap ki dua pori congratulations”(sic) (Hope your prayers are answered).
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The cricketer then pulled down his post, but the damage was already done.
The fast bowler's backtrack is just another incident in a series of moments that followed in the aftermath of his team’s loss. From fans breaking TVs, ranting on camera, targetting Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza for their ‘nightout’ the previous day, petition to ban the team and the selection committee and reports of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, coach Mickey Arthur, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and other members quitting are some of the other headlines that are grabbing attention.
Pakistan face a tough task to qualify for the semifinals, and will need to win their remaining four matches and also hope that the other results go in their favour. The team next faces South Africa on Sunday.