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“What A Shocker,” Cricket Fraternity Reacts After Pakistan’s Humiliating Defeat Against Zimbabwe

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“What A Shocker,” Cricket Fraternity Reacts After Pakistan’s Humiliating Defeat Against Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe cricket team scripted history after defeating Pakistan in the Super 12 game which was played yesterday at Optus Stadium, Perth. It was a very close encounter as Zimbabwe clinched victory by 1 run on the last ball of the match and the whole cricketing world was left shocked at the defeat of Pakistan which was touted as one of the favourites to win the tournament. This was second consecutive defeat of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2022, earlier it lost its first match to arch-rivals India but the defeat against Zimbabwe hurt the former Pakistani cricketers and Pakistani fans more because it was not expected by them even in their dreams.

The social media platforms were flooded with reactions of cricket fans in which they expressed their shock and anguish over the defeat and trolled the Pakistani team as well as skipper Babar Azam. Many former Pakistani cricketers also didn’t mince words in criticizing the squad and the cricket board on the micro-blogging site Twitter including Shoaib Akhtar who not only called this defeat embarrassing but also said that we would get average results because average players with average mindsets were selected by the average management. In another video, he says that the Pakistani cricketers neither have talent nor technique and he is very disappointed. Few former cricketers also demanded ouster of the PCB Chief Ramiz Raja after this humiliating defeat of Pakistan.

Here are some selected reactions:

The Pakistani cricket team has been slammed earlier too as many former Pakistani cricketers feel that the middle-order of the team is weak and team management is doing nothing to strengthen it. Few former Pak cricketers also suggested that veteran Pak cricketer Shoaib Malik should be included in the team in order to make middle-order strong but Pak selectors did not pay any heed on this suggestion.

Here are some selected reactions from cricket celebs of other nations and cricket fans:

Craig Ervine, the Zimbabwe cricket team skipper, chose to bat first after winning the toss but his team wasn’t able to put up a good score as the whole team was bundled out for just 130 runs. The highest scorer for Zimbabwe was Sean Williams who scored 31 runs and the target of 131 runs seemed to be easily achievable for Pakistan considering the fact that it has a strong batting lineup.

However, Zimbabwean bowlers didn’t let Pakistani batters bat freely and kept on taking wickets on a regular basis. The openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan got out early, though Shan Masood did his best to make his team win yet after he got out on the score of 44 runs, things turned uglier for Pakistan. Mohammad Nawaz kept the hopes alive as he scored 22 runs but he also got out in the last over and Pakistan couldn’t score 3 runs needed to win on the last ball.

Sikandar Raza, the Zimbabwean cricketer, was adjudged as the Player of the Match as he took 3 wickets, carried out run-out of Shaheen Afridi in the last over and also scored 9 runs.

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