Virender Sehwag, renowned for his humorous comments, took to social media to playfully taunt Pakistan after New Zealand’s five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka shattered Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s hopes in the tournament. Pakistan, faced with the daunting task of surpassing New Zealand’s net run-rate, must defeat England by 287 runs or achieve the target within a few overs.
However, this challenge appears insurmountable for a team that has suffered four consecutive defeats in the competition. Babar Azam’s performance in the batting department has been less than noteworthy, and Shaheen Afridi’s performance as a bowler has been a significant disappointment.
Anticipation among fans and cricket experts for a semi-final showdown between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens on November 15 was high, but the Kiwis have quashed these hopes with their decisive victory. Sehwag, displaying his trademark wit, chose a platform to express his banter, stating, “Pakistan Zindabhaag! Have a safe flight back home.”
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Pakistan Zindabhaag!— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 10, 2023
Have a safe flight back home . pic.twitter.com/7QKbLTE5NY
This remark adds a touch of humor while acknowledging the reality of Pakistan’s exit from the tournament. His message reflects not only the victory celebration for New Zealand but also a sly dig at Pakistan’s premature exit from the tournament.
Looking ahead, India is now set to face New Zealand in the first semi-final, while the second knockout will feature a clash between South Africa and Australia. The stage is set for intense battles as the cricketing world eagerly awaits the outcomes of these high-stakes encounters.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the upcoming semi-final clashes, with India set to face New Zealand in the first showdown and South Africa gearing up against Australia in the second knockout, the absence of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan encounter leaves a void in the tournament narrative. The Kiwis, by thwarting the possibility of this intense rivalry match, have reshaped the trajectory of the tournament and left cricket enthusiasts pondering what could have been.