Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has taken the internet by surprise in the way he has given his preference of umpires for the WTC final. he has chosen Kumar Dharmasena over Richard Kettleborough for the big final between India and New Zealand to be played in Southampton on June 18-22. It is in many ways a rematch of the 2019 World Cup semifinal. New Zealand beat India in that game to knock them out of the tournament. Now India have a good chance to take revenge of that defeat.
Meanwhile, Wasim Jaffer’s tweet where he picks Dharmasena over Kettleborough has a big reference. Team India has ended on the losing side when the England umpire has officiated in knockout games.
Wasim Jaffer Aces His Meme Game On WTC Final
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 24, 2021
Whenever the English umpire, Kettleborough has officiated as an umpire, since 2014, in an ICC eliminator, or knockout encounter, for Team India, they have been defeated. For instance, during the 2014 T20 World Cup, 2015 ODI World Cup semi-final, 2017 Champions Trophy final versus Pakistan and the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
On the other hand, Kumar Dharmasena officiated in the 2019 World Cup final and gave four extra runs in the game when the ball took the edge of Ben Stokes’ bat and ran to the boundary. It was courtesy of that boundary that helped England get to Super Over and eventually win the World Cup title.
Thus Jaffer has preferred Dharmasena over Kettleborough and implied the obvious through his tweet. His thinks with Dharmasena being one of the two umpires gives India a greater chance of winning the WTC final.
Through his recent tweet, Wasim Jaffer has proved again that he is the master of witty memes on Twitter at the moment. Jaffer, fondly and colloquially known as the ‘meme Lord’ among fans, is currently the batting coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Punjab Kings.