The Indian campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will start from 24th October with the match against its arch-rivals Pakistan but before that, team India is giving final touch to its preparations by playing a couple of warm-up matches. India played its first warm-up match against England yesterday at ICC Academy Ground, Dubai, and the hosts won the match comfortably by seven wickets.
India won the toss and invited England to bat first, the English team put up a good total of 188/5 in their 20 overs. The Indian openers KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan played smashing knocks of 51 (24 balls, 6 fours & 3 sixes) and 70 (46 balls, 7 fours & 3 sixes), respectively and India chased the target successfully with one over remaining in their innings.
After the match, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer talked about the positives that India took from the warm-up match against England but he also used it as an opportunity to take a dig at former English cricketer Michael Vaughan.
Wasim Jaffer tweeted,
3 things stood out in this win:
1: KL and Ishan with the bat.
2: Boom, Ash & Shami with the ball.
3: @MichaelVaughan staying offline😜
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 18, 2021
Michael Vaughan has a reputation of being critical towards the Indian cricket team and he often makes controversial statements against India. While few former Indian cricketers have slammed Vaughan for his tweets in the past, several others are of the opinion that Michael Vaughan intentionally speaks against team India because it helps him in increasing his followers on social media.
Wasim Jaffer’s tweet was soon noticed by Michael Vaughan and in his reply, he stated that warm-up matches have no importance attached to them.
Vaughan responded with, “Too busy drinking Rum on the beach Wasim … Btw … Warm up games are Irrelevant … #OnOn”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 19, 2021
The Indian team is going to play its second warm-up match against Australia tomorrow (October 20) at the same cricket ground and hopefully, it will play in the same manner in the tournament as well and emerge as the winner.