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Mohammed Siraj bombarded with 'thank you' posts after India pacer accidentally strikes 'drama queen' Mohammad Rizwan

Jun 10, 2024 04:56 PM IST

Fans trolled Mohammad Rizwan after he was struck accidentally by Mohammed Siraj during the India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup match on Sunday.

India maintained their unbeaten run at the ongoing T20 World Cup, sealing a narrow six-run win vs arch-rivals Pakistan, in New York on Sunday. Chasing 120, Pakistan collapsed at 113/7 in 20 overs. This was Pakistan's second defeat on the bounce, having lost to co-hosts USA in their opener last week.

Mohammed Siraj accidentally struck Mohammad Rizwan.(Screengrab)
Mohammed Siraj accidentally struck Mohammad Rizwan.(Screengrab)

Jasprit Bumrah's 3/14 proved to be the key difference in the match as the India quick picked the crucial wickets of Mohammad Rizwan (31), Babar Azam (13) and Iftikhar Ahmed (5). Supporting him was all-rounder and India vice-captain Hardik Pandya, who also struck twice.

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The match had its fair share of drama, considering the rivalry between both sides. There was also a moment between Mohammed Siraj and Mohammad Rizwan in the second innings which caught everyone's attention.

In the second over of the Pakistan innings, as Rizwan drove back a full delivery to the Siraj, the India quick collected it on follow through and attempted a direct. But his aim was and Siraj ended up hitting Rizwan, who was diving back, on his hand instead. Even as the ball deflected to fine leg, Rizwan, in pain, got up and completed a single. He took a few strides to get rid of the pain, after which Siraj apologised to him. The two cricketers then hugged each other in a show of understanding.

Surprisingly enough, the incident was treated in a different manner by fans on X, formerly known as Twitter. Instead of pointing out their camaraderie, fans began to troll Rizwan and thanked Siraj instead.

One fan wrote, "Thank you Siraj."

Meanwhile, another fan wrote, "Thank you Siraj. You did what every Pakistani fan wants to do right now #INDvsPAK."

Another fan quipped, "Thank you Siraj for hitting Rizwan multiple times."

Another fan stated, "Well done Siraj. That Rizwan deserved this for unnecessary shouting."

"Drama Queen Muhammad Rizwan should concentrate more on his game rather than spreading his agenda across the world. Well done Siraj", one fan stated.

The win pushed India to top spot in Group A, ahead of the second-placed USA. Meanwhile, Pakistan are winless and currently placed fourth in the standings. India will take on USA in their next game on Wednesday, hoping to put in a another winning show. Pakistan, on the other hand, take on Canada on Tuesday, and then Ireland, as their Super Eight qualification hopes hang by a thread.

Speaking after the match, Pakistan captain Babar Azam expressed disappointment.

"We bowled well. In the batting, lost back to back wickets and had too much dot balls. Tactics was simple to play normally. Just strike rotation and the odd boundary. But in that period we had too many dot balls. Can't expect much from tailenders. Our mind was to utilise first six overs in batting. But one wicket down, and again we weren't up to the mark in first six. Pitch looked decent. Ball was coming on nicely. It was a little bit slow, and some balls extra bounce. Have to win last two matches. Will sit and discuss our mistakes but looking forward to last two matches," he said after the match.

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