England defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the 2022 T20 World Cup Final, at the MCG in Melbourne, on Sunday. Sam Curran received the Man of the Match award for his impressive bowling display, and Jos Buttler’s team received rave reviews from fans and former cricketers. Even former India international Irfan Pathan joined the bandwagon, lavishing praise on England’s “elegant World Cup win”.
This comes after Irfan found himself in controversy with a tweet after Pakistan’s semi-final win against New Zealand. The former India international faced a lot of criticism because of that tweet, including from former pacemaker Shoaib Akhtar. His controversial tweet read, “Padosiyon jeet ati jaati rehti hai, lekin GRACE apke bas ki baat nahi hai (Neighbors, winning and losing is part of the game, but grace doesn’t come naturally to you).”
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Irfan’s tweet was in response to some of the backlash from Pakistani cricket fans after Babar Azam and company booked their place in the final in 13 years. After the win, many Pakistan fans started trolling Indian fans and it didn’t go well. Following criticism for his tweet, Irfan also clarified that it was not for any player.
After England’s victory in the final, he wrote: “This has been an elegant World Cup victory for the England team. Well played.”
Only time will tell how fans react to his recent tweet. Chasing a target of 138 runs, England hit 138 from five in 19 overs, courtesy of a half-century from Ben Stokes. Stokes scored 52 runs off 49 balls and was in top form. Meanwhile, Haris Rauf took two wickets for Pakistan. Initially, Pakistan went 137 for eight in 20 overs, with Shan Masood hitting a 38-run strike from 28 balls. Additionally, Curran bagged a three-wicket haul for his side. The England international also finished as the Player of the Tournament.
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