Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s tweet supporting Virat Kohli has won hearts on social media. The Indian cricketer is going through a prolonged lean patch in his career. He has not been able to put up consistently impact performances for India for the last couple of years. Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi praised Babar Azam’s gesture, however, he expressed that the Indian cricketer should have replied back by now.
Virat Kohli’s dismal form has drawn a lot of criticism from former cricketers and fans. However, Babar Azam shed some support for Virat Kohli. Taking to Twitter, Babar Azam posted a picture of himself with Virat Kohli. He asked the Indian cricketer to stay strong during these tough times.
“This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli.”
This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/ozr7BFFgXt
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) July 14, 2022
Sharing his thoughts on Babar Azam’s tweet, Shahid Afridi said to Sports Central,
“Be it cricket or any other sport, it improves relations (between countries). Athletes can do a much better job at it than politicians and a number of them are doing the same.”
I think Virat should have responded by now: Shahid Afridi
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi feels that Virat Kohli should have responded to Babar Azam’s tweet by now. He expressed that it would be a pleasant surprise if the Indian cricketer replies to Azam, given the political tension between the two countries. Afridi said,
“Babar has given across a very good message. I don’t know if there has been a response from the other side. I think Virat should have responded by now. It would be a very big thing if there is a response to Babar’s tweet, but I don’t think that is going to happen.”
Virat Kohli replaced Shreyas Iyer in the Indian XI for the second ODI after missing the first one due to injury. He managed sixteen runs off twenty-five deliveries in the match. Ultimately, India lost the match by a hundred runs chasing 246 in the second innings. The three-match ODI series stands at 1-1, with the decider set to take place on Sunday, July 17 in Manchester.
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