Former India opener Virender Sehwag, known for his explosive batting during his heydays and his witty Twitter persona in recent times, saw the lighter side of things as India lost to Australia by 333 runs in the first Test in Pune.
Sehwag, who was present at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium for the game, uploaded an image on the third day of the Test of himself dressed in a suit, posing with a cricket bat encouraging India to dismiss all of Australia’s batters before the lunch break and then put on a good show at the crease.
His tweet got a response from former Australian captain Michael Clarke who said “You would still make a 100 on this pitch buddy” and former leg spinner Shane Warne who tweeted, “They need you out there to chase these runs legend !!!”
Sehwag’s tweets were met with responses from fans that the Indian team was not doing well and that following his Twitter account was far more interesting than watching the match.
In response, he urged fans to keep supporting the team despite the tough times.
Good friends make even difficult times easier. It's disappointing but r you a good friend?— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2017
Time to be a good friend&continue to support Team
Sehwag poked fun of the victory margin by sharing an image of Chris Gayle wearing his 333 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) shirt. Gayle had famously scored 333 runs against Sri Lanka in November 2010 and Sehwag drew comparisons between the individual score and India’s 333-run defeat to the Aussies. He wrote: “India Lost the 1st Test Match by Gayle (333), India by 333”
He later deleted the post.
Sehwag also poked fun of the ease with which Indian batters were dismissed in their second innings before showing support for the team by writing Series abhi baaki hai (the series hasn’t ended yet) to predict the Indian team will bounce back.
Former Indian players Mohammad Kaif and VVS Laxman also shared messages of support for the Indian team after the match.
It's imp for Team India 2 learn from this experience&move on.I am confident you will bounce back strongly ✌🏼Best of Luck&God Speed👍#IndvAus— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 25, 2017
Australia captain Steve Smith, who got his 18th Test century in the match, wrote, “So proud of the boys today. First Test win in India in 4502 days (2004) what an amazing feeling! (sic)”
So proud of the boys today. First Test win in India in 4502 days (2004) what an amazing feeling!— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) February 25, 2017
Former captains Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke posted congratulatory notes to Smith and his teammates.
Gilchrist wrote, “Celebrate like there is no tomorrow” while Clarke described the feat of winning a first Test in India after 13 years as “Absolutely brilliant!”
Aust, you beauty! Celebrate like there is no tomorrow. Then tomorrow, start focusing on the next one. @CricketAus 🏏🔥🇦🇺🍾🍻— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) February 25, 2017
🇦🇺congrats boys. Absolutely brilliant!— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) February 25, 2017
Shane Watson too praised Man of the Match Steve O’Keefe, who took 12 wickets for 70 runs.
Incredible Aussie performance in Pune. So happy for Steve O'Keefe!He has toiled so hard for this👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. @stevesmith49 amazing 100 too.— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) February 25, 2017
Sok has an amazing record and wins NSW games on wickets that don't spin, now showing what he can do when conditions are favourable.— Moises Henriques (@Mozzie21) February 25, 2017
Moises Henriques, O’Keefe’s teammate in the New South Wales Blues team, shared how the orthodox bowler has helped teams at different levels and on varied surfaces.