The ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 round-robin stage is approaching its conclusion, with India, Australia, and South Africa confirming their spots in the semi-finals. New Zealand is poised to become the fourth team. Although Pakistan hasn’t been mathematically ruled out, their slim chances hinge on overcoming an improbable equation to beat England. Given this scenario, Virender Sehwag, a former Indian cricket team opener, playfully taunted the Pakistan team.
“Pakistan Zindabhaag! Have a safe flight back home.” he wrote on X
Have a safe flight back home . pic.twitter.com/7QKbLTE5NY
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 10, 2023
Virender Sehwag has garnered attention for his amusing and witty trolling posts targeting the Pakistan cricket team. While some Indian fans appreciated it, others on the internet questioned whether he was excessively obsessed or harbouring animosity toward the Pakistan cricket team and its fans. The former Indian cricketer has now provided an explanation for everyone, detailing why he doesn’t hold back when given the opportunity to mock the neighbouring country’s cricket team.
“In the 21st century there have been 6 ODI world cups. In 6 attempts, only once in 2007 did we not qualify for the semi-finals and have qualified in 5 of the last 6 World cups. On the other hand only once have Pakistan qualified for the semis in 6 attempts in 2011. And they come up with ridiculous allegations blaming ICC and BCCI of changing balls and pitch,” Sehwag stated in the post.
“Their Prime Minister mocks us when we lose to another team despite having beaten them. Upon reaching here , their player posts pictures of enjoying tea in Hyderabad with sarcasm to mock our soldier. The PCB chief on camera refers to our country as Dushman Mulk. And they expect love for their hate. And those preaching class, that is a two way street. Jo Achha vyavhar kare uske saath hum bahut hi achhe, aur jo aisa vyavhar kare toh sahi mauke par soot samet lautana is my way. On field bhi, off-field bhi,” continued Sehwag.
In the 21st century there have been 6 ODI world cups.
In 6 attempts, only once in 2007 did we not qualify for the semi-finals and have qualified in 5 of the last 6 World cups. On the other hand only once have Pakistan qualified for the semis in 6 attempts in 2011.
And they come… pic.twitter.com/W7U67pBrFU
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 11, 2023
Sources well-informed about the matter disclosed to Geo News on Friday that Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, is expected to resign from the captaincy in white-ball cricket upon his return from India.
The Pakistan cricket team, known as the Men in Green, is on the brink of missing out on the final semi-final spot, and even in the event of a victory, they must secure it with a substantial margin. Sources disclosed to Geo News that Babar Azam has been seeking advice on his future from former Pakistan cricketer and current PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, as well as close associates.
According to sources from Geo News, Babar Azam’s choice to remain as captain will hinge on the guidance he receives from various individuals, and some of his confidants have suggested that he relinquish captaincy in all three formats.
Before Pakistan’s last group stage match against England, Babar Azam addressed the issue of his captaincy during the pre-match press conference on Friday. He stated, “Regarding the captaincy— as I mentioned, once we return to Pakistan or after this match, we will assess the situation. Currently, I am not dwelling on it; my concentration is on the upcoming match.”
He refuted any notion that his form in the World Cup has been impacted by captaincy, despite facing difficulties in scoring runs.
“I have captained my team for the past three years, and I have never experienced this kind of pressure. The perception of pressure is arising because I haven’t performed as expected in the World Cup. I’ve been in this role for 2.5 to 3 years. I used to perform, and I was the captain. I applied the same approach,” Babar stated.