Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan takes a dig at Waqar Younis’s previous comment, which set the tone higher for the much-awaited India vs Pakistan match in Asia Cup.
When India and Pakistan are gearing up to face one another, how can the former cricketers of both countries hold back themselves from putting pressure on the other half? Former Pakistan legend Waqar Younis made a comment that India would get a “big relief” as Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the Asia Cup due to injury.
Eventually, the left-handed pacer knocked off the Indian top order in their last face-off in the T20 WC in 2021.
Now, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan also pointed out how teams would be having advantage as India will take the field without both Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel.
Irfan tweeted, “It’s a relief of other teams that Bumrah and Harshal aren’t playing this Asia cup!”
Social media sensation and former Indian player Wasim Jaffer reacted to Pathan’s tweet with a clip image from the song ‘Pehla Nasha’ of the Bollywood movie ‘Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar‘.
Eventually, the ace pacer of Pakistan sustained a right knee ligament injury while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He is part of the ongoing Nederland series but didn’t take the field in any of the first two matches.
“Although he has made progress during his rehabilitation in Rotterdam, it is now clear he will require more time and is likely to return to competitive cricket in October,” PCB’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Najeebullah Soomro has informed.
India and Pakistan will miss their main pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi respectively. But all the other players are ready to take the field in this high-voltage match as the stage is already set and the “hype is real”.