Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers under the ‘selfie spell’ of Pakistani sports anchor
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Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers under the ‘selfie spell’ of Pakistani sports anchor

A Pakistani sports presenter, Zainab Abbas, has become a social media rage after India and South Africa skippers, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, respectively, fell for ducks after being snapped in selfies with her at the ICC Champions Trophy.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 09, 2017 19:10 IST
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Zainab Abbas (L) had coincidentally clicked selfies with Virat Kohli (R) and AB de Villiers ahead of their ducks with the bat in the ICC Champions Trophy.(Twitter)

Were India skipper Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart AB de Villiers undone by the ‘curse’ of a Pakistan sportscaster?

It may be a mere coincidence, but Zainab Abbas, who describes herself as a sports analyst for Dunya News on her Twitter handle, has become a rage on social media, which sees her as having wielded an invisible wand to cause Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to slump during the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.

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Zainab, a Pakistan Super League (PSL) presenter, clicked a selfie with AB de Villiers ahead of South Africa’s Champions Trophy 2017 Group B clash against Pakistan in Birmingham on Wednesday. And de Villiers, known to destroy bowling attacks, was out for a golden duck at Edgbaston – his first in a 12-year One-Day International career!

Virat Kohli too seems to have suffered from the lingering effects of a selfie with the Pakistan TV presenter.

Zainab clicked the selfie with Virat Kohli before the high-voltage India-Pakistan game. Though Kohli struck a masterly 81 not out in India’s comprehensive victory, he was out for a duck in the loss against Sri Lanka on Thursday – the first time he failed to score in three years.

India lost to Sri Lanka by seven wickets despite amassing 321/6.

The Twitterati are raving about the strange coincidence. While some cricket fans are calling it ‘The curse of Zainab Abbas’ some other Pakistani fans are rejoicing over the failure of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

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Pakistan’s surprise win over South Africa, on the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain halted play in the Edgbaston, has left them with a chance to make it to the semifinals if they beat Sri Lanka in their final Group B match on Monday.

No wonder Pakistan fans on social media are egging on Zainab to click photographs with the Sri Lanka players before what will be a virtual quarterfinal at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 18:53 IST