The tweet of Naseem Shah about Pakistan's chance of winning the match against Afghanistan went viral after the loss of Pakistan in the match. As Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in Chennai, the Pakistan team and its players were ridiculed on social media. The loss did not go well with the Pakistan fans, who expressed their anguish as well.
After opting to bat first in MA Chidambaram stadium, Pakistan actually posted a good total of 282 runs on the board. On a wicket like Chennai, it was an above-par total. But the bowling of Pakistan did not click against Afghanistan. In the first 10 overs of the match, Afghanistan hammered 63 runs to claim a big advantage in the run chase.
In one of the overs against Haris Rauf, Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 4 boundaries. That was when Naseem Shah came up with his prediction for the match. The Pakistani pacer felt that his team would win from that stage. "Believe me, Pakistan will win from here. Any doubts?," wrote Naseem on his X (Formerly known as Twitter) account. Eventually, Pakistan lost the match against Afghanistan in Chennai.
We are missing Naseem a lot - Babar Azam
Pakistan lost its third consecutive match in the ODI World Cup 2023. After winning the first two matches against Netherlands and Sri Lanka respectively, Pakistan suffered losses against India, Australia, and Afghanistan. The loss against Afghanistan did not go well with the fans and former cricketers of Pakistan, who spared no Pakistan player from getting criticized.
In the post-match conference, Babar acknowledged that they were missing the services of Naseem Shah. Babar felt that Pakistan had not been able to put up a good performance as a team till now. "We are missing Naseem a lot. But apart from that, our bowling lineup is one of the best. But I think we are not able to click. Sometimes we do well in bowling, we don't do well in batting. When we do well in batting, we don't do it in fielding," said Babar.