Sarfaraz Ahmed trains alone at The Lord’s Cricket Ground before Pakistan vs South Africa World Cup match; video goes viral as fans apologise
Temperatures rise and fall rapidly in India and Pakistan, especially before and after a controversy erupts in both the neighbour nations.
The same was witnessed at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, where Pakistan locked horns against the formidable South African team.
It is worth mentioning that the Pakistan Cricket Team, particularly their skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed faced outright backlash and criticism from the so-called fans. They did not leave any stones unturned to miss even the slightest of opportunities to mock at the wicket-keeper batsman post the 89-run loss (DLS Method) on June 16.
Numerous videos and memes were circulated on the various social media sites, targeting Sarfaraz in particular primarily over his lack of fitness.
But, a 49-run win against the Proteas on Sunday, and all the hatred, malign and destructive criticism vanish in a flash.
Sarfaraz warms-up alone
A video is doing rounds on social media which shows wicket-keeper batsman warming himself up all alone at The Lord’s before the clash against South Africa.
The fans’ hearts melted at his commitment on display, as they realized how hard they were on their skipper for just a mere loss in a Cricket match.
— R A Khan (@RAKhan95699044) June 22, 2019
Pakistani Fans apologize
A brilliant display of Cricket by the Pakistani Team at the Lord’s Cricket Ground was enough to melt the hearts of the Pakistani fans, as they came in quite some numbers to support their ‘Men in Green’.
Skipper Sarfaraz was also seen giving away autoghaphs to the fans, post his team’s 49-run victory against the Proteas.
A fan even brought along with him a ‘Sarfaraz- We are Sorry’ placard as a humble apology on behalf of the people back home, who clearly crossed the criticism line.
📸 🤳 📝
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2019
Talking about the match, Pakistan posted a competitive 308/7 after their 50 overs, as Sarfaraz opted to bat first after winning the Toss. He was heavily criticised by the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and their PM Imran Khan for opting to field first against India at Manchester.
Haris Sohail (89 off 59) and Babar Azam (69 off 80) were the star with the bat. In reply South Africa’s batting order crumbled despite an ordinary display of fielding by the Pakistani fielders. Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan picked up 3 wickets each, to reduce the Proteas to only 259/9 after 50 overs.