The entire cricket world was left stunned as Pakistan beat hosts England to qualify for the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. England was in incredible form coming into the semis as they won all three games in the group stage. The entire world perceived them to be favorites to lift the trophy as they faced off a rather shaky and out-of-form Pakistan side.
Mohammad Amir, the talisman of the Pakistan team was left out from the squad but it’s safe to say that Pakistan didn’t really need him on this occasion. They managed to bowl England out when they scored a puny total of 211. Pakistan reached the target with a little over 12 overs to go and 8 wickets still remaining.
The result of the game was indeed a huge surprise for cricket fanatics all across the globe. It was interesting to see the way people reacted on social media.
Retired cricketers decided to put their two cents on the match result on Twitter. Legends like Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam, Shane Warne and Dale Steyn congratulated Pakistan on reaching finals. However, former captain Michael Vaughan was rather disappointed with England’s performance.
People congratulated Pakistan and the overall tone of the posts was to showcase Pakistan’s performance as an example of how unpredictable a team they are and how anything can happen in cricket.
At the post-match interview, Eoin Morgan’s quote was “We didn’t prepare for a used wicket”. As you’d expect, this quote was widely made fun of on social media. Former fast bowler Waqar Younis even blasted out on Twitter, regarding Morgan’s quote for making an excuse like that.
Furthermore, Chris Gayle also pitched on making fun of England when he twitted “Oops. England did it again.” Although some might argue this to be rather ironic as West Indies didn’t even qualify for the tournament.