Indian team leader Mohammed Shami took a dig at Shoaib Akhtar after Pakistan lost to England in the 2022 T20 World Cup Final on Sunday, November 13.
Seeking to win their second T20 World Cup title, Pakistan were disappointed as a superior England beat them by five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Sent to bat after losing the toss, Pakistan were held at 137/8. Their bowlers gave it their all, but Babar Azam and Co. ultimately had to settle for second place.
After the loss, former Pakistani fast bowler Akhtar took to his official Twitter account and shared a broken heart emoji.
While sharing the ex-stimulator’s tweet, Shami commented:
It’s called karma 💔💔💔.
Curiously, the post from the Indian speed caster also included three broken heart emojis.
While the context of his post was not immediately clear to Pakistan cricket fans, Shami’s tweet was an apparent response to Akhtar’s dig into the Indian squad after succumbing to England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide.
In one of his tweets, the former Pakistani speedster wrote in a somewhat sardonic tone:
“Bhaiyo aik bhi out nahi kero gay kya? (Brothers, won’t you take one wicket?)”
The Indian team ended up losing the semi-final to England by 10 wickets as Alex Hales and Jos Buttler added 170 without a break after the English set a target of 169.
‘We’re 20 points short’ – Pakistan skipper Babar Azam reflects on defeat in 2022 T20 World Cup final
Speaking after the loss, Pakistan captain Babar admitted they didn’t put enough points on the board. He, however, hailed his team for their incredible comeback after losing the first two games of the Super 12 round. Babar said:
“Yes, we lost the first two games, but the way we came in the last four games was amazing. I just told the boys to play our natural game, but we missed 20 points and the boys went well beaten with the ball.
The opening hitter admitted losing Shaheen Afridi late in the game was a setback, but admitted such things are part of the game.
“Our bowling is one of the best attacks in the world. Unfortunately Shaheen’s injury has put us off, but that’s part of the game,” added Babar.
Shaheen ended up bowling just 2.1 overs after injuring himself on the field taking a catch to dismiss Harry Brook.
Meanwhile, Sam Curran was named Player of the Finals for recording outstanding numbers of 3/12. In the pursuit of England, the versatile talismanic Ben Stokes guided the team to World Cup glory with 52* from 49 after a top-notch swing.