Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his opening partner Mohammad Rizwan interacted with Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper batter Liton Das after the tri-series T20I match between the two teams in Christchurch on Thursday (October 13).
Pakistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the game played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh put up a competitive 173 for 6 on the board. Litton Das top-scored with 69 off 42, while skipper Shakib Al Hasan contributed 68 off 42.
In response, Pakistan got home in 19.5 overs. Openers Azam and Rizwan starred with the bat again, adding 101 in 12.3 overs. While the Pakistan skipper scored 55 off 40 balls, Rizwan was named Player of his Match for his 56-ball 69.
Following the match, the official Twitter handle of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared a clip of Rizwan and Babar giving batting tips to Das.
Twitterati took the occasion to troll the Pakistan cricketers, with many pointing out that the Bangladesh batter had a better strike-rate in the match compared to Pakistan’s openers. Here are some funny reactions from the micro-blogging site:
While Babar and Rizwan are among the top-ranked batters in T20I cricket, they have often been criticized by fans and experts for their “slow” strike rate in the format.
What Babar and Rizwan told Das
During the interaction, Pakistan captain Babar advised Das not to pay too much heed to critics. He was heard saying:
“Your confidence will grow if you listen less to batting critics. As soon as you hear someone mention something about you, your mind will be immediately diverted.”
Rizwan, on the other hand, urged Das to put in extra effort if he wants to do well consistently. He stated:
“Success is impossible without hard work. When you do anything different, your appearance changes. That is how you make a name for yourself.”
With Bangladesh being knocked out, Pakistan and New Zealand will meet in the tri-series final in Christchurch on Friday.