In a delightful display of sportsmanship and camaraderie, Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan took to social media on January 19 to share his lighthearted thoughts on the running between the wickets of Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Mohammed Rizwan. Known for his entertaining and humorous presence on social platforms, Dhawan, who enjoys a significant following in the cricketing world, posted a tweet that quickly went viral.
As a key player often referred to as a part of the "zero haters club" due to his widespread popularity, Shikhar Dhawan showcased the friendly bond he shares with arch-rival Pakistan's players. The post was crafted in a spirit of good-natured banter, assuring fans that it was meant for fun.
Mohammed Rizwan had recently played a remarkable inning, scoring an unbeaten 90 against New Zealand in the fourth T20I of the five-match series. The match, held at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on January 19, saw Rizwan's exceptional performance contribute to Pakistan's challenging total of 158 on a challenging batting track. The pitch lived up to expectations, offering substantial assistance to Pakistan's seamers.
Mohammed Rizwan fails to get Pakistan on the winning side
In the same match, the newly-appointed white-ball captain of Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, exhibited world-class bowling skills by claiming three wickets within his first 10 balls. His exceptional performance included dismissing the last match's centurion, Finn Allen, leaving the Kiwis at 20/3 and putting Pakistan on the path to redemption in the series.
However, the New Zealand batting duo of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips managed to counter the early challenges posed by the seam-friendly pitch. They orchestrated an unbeaten partnership of 139 runs off 93 balls, steering New Zealand past Pakistan and solidifying their dominance in the series.
As Pakistan faces the threat of a potential back-to-back whitewash, Shikhar Dhawan's humorous take on Mohammed Rizwan's running between the wickets provided a refreshing moment of levity amid the competitive cricketing atmosphere.
Here is how fans react to Shikhar Dhawan's comments:
Shikar paji humari meme ki dukan band karwaoge kya? 😭— Ctrl C Ctrl Memes (@Ctrlmemes_) January 19, 2024
मैं आज भी फेंके हुए पैसे उठा लेता हूं.. pic.twitter.com/tJeEBUXKRl— The Photoshop Guy (@PhotoshopGuy_) January 19, 2024
Mohammad Rizwan is taking blessings from his father Virat Kohli by touching his feet. pic.twitter.com/YIGx0ja6x1— TROLL PAKISTAN CRICKET (@trollpakistanii) January 19, 2024
Paaji Moye Moye hojayega kuch Pakistan journalist k dukaan bhi band honge— Mahessh Devendra (@mahesshdevendra) January 19, 2024
Shikhar dhawan owned Pakistan— Gurmeet Singh (@VK18THEGOAT) January 19, 2024
Gabbar is back💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Shikhar Dhawan taking Pakistan off the field 🤣— Sankott (@Iamsankot) January 19, 2024
Pakistani team in the last 16 matches— Tehreem Shumaila🇮🇳 (@Tehreem_67) January 19, 2024
Won - 2
Lost - 14
Le Porkis 😜 pic.twitter.com/VKFgJEhdrI— Pankaj (@Pankaj41627) January 19, 2024
Rizwan be like 😁 pic.twitter.com/5vxOgbXUin— Emron (@Emron00700) January 19, 2024