Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan and former Pakistan opener Imran Nazir were seen involved in a chat on Twitter over Pakistan fans’ behaviour after their team’s T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final win over New Zealand on November 9. Pakistan beat the Kiwis by seven wickets in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday and with this win, Pakistan entered their first T20 World Cup since 2009, the year when they lifted the title as well.
Following Pakistan’s win, Irfan Pathan seemed unimpressed by the behaviour of some fans from Pakistan. He took to his official Twitter handle and commented: “Padosiyon jeet ati jaati rehti hai, lekin GRACE apke bas ki baat nahi hai.” Replying to the post, Imran Nazir wrote: “Sad to see such tweet.” To which Irfan Pathan responded by writing: “You would have been saddest to see the behaviour of some of pak fans at the ground after the win.”
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However, the conversation ended where both former cricketers agreed that the behaviour of a few fans cannot behave well. Imran tweeted: “Not sure what happened there, not advocating any rude/offensive behaviour but few fans don’t reflect whole nation. Stay blessed Irfan.” To which, “Surely it doesn’t. Stay well Imran,” Irfan Pathan replied.
However, both the former cricketers played in the legendary 2007 T20 World Cup final in Johannesburg. While Irfan Pathan was the Player of the Match for his figures of 3/16, Imran hit 33 in 14 before getting run out as well. Meanwhile, reflecting on Pakistan’s victory in the semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday, captain Babar Azam opined that the team got momentum after their win over South Africa and they have managed to keep that intact as well.
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“The way the team has performed in all the departments has been outstanding. We got momentum after the game against South Africa and I am glad that our boys could keep the momentum going. When you play in such a way, you feel very satisfied. But there’s still one more match to go and we will hope to focus on that as well with the same approach. We were not thinking about anything and were just waiting for our time. In cricket, you try to perform in every game, but there are ups and downs. Let’s enjoy this victory. All of us should enjoy…,” Babar Azam said.