Cricket is not just a game in India. It is a religion and an emotion. And if you’ve been a fan of the Indian cricket team long enough, you will know that cheering for any other team, whether they’re playing against India or not, is not a good idea. Given the sentiment, cheering for India’s arch-rivals Pakistan is an absolute NO. So when former mainstay cricketer Mohammad Kaif praised the team for a win, he was at the receiving end of hate.
Kaif was slammed and brutally trolled on social media after the Indian cricketer praised Pakistan. India's arch-rivals had chased down a record score in the final of a T20I tri-series against Australia in Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Like every ardent cricket fan and supporter, Kaif kept track of the Pakistan-Australia final in Harare. Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in a record run chase to lift the tri-series trophy at the Harare Sports Club. Kaif, obviously impressed with a fine display tweeted to congratulate Pakistan, and then came the wrath.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D'Arcy Short's stylish 76 from 53 balls. Pakistan was in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard.
Mohammad Kaif, the hero of India's historic Natwest Series triumph in England 16 years ago, had last played for the country in 2006. However, he has since been active on media and often shares his views on various matches.