The 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament is on its way. It will go on from the month of August till September and is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates. Team India is all geared up for the 2022 Asia Cup.
However, on Saturday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disclosed that ace pacer Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the upcoming 2022 Asia Cup due to a knee injury.
Reacting to the big news, former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis made a tweet targeting the Indian cricket team
Waqar Younis made the tweet as soon as the PCB announced that Afridi won’t be playing in the Asia cup due to his serious injury. Shaheen Afridi is suffering a right knee ligament injury. He had this injury during the 1st Test against Sri Lanka that took place last month and since then he has not been seen on-field.
This gave Waqar Younis a chance to take a dig at the men in blue by quoting how the absence of Afridi would be a big comfort for the Indians.
Waqar Younis tweeted,
Shaheen’s injury Big relief for the Indian top order batsmen. Sad we won’t be seeing him in #AsiaCup2022 Get fit soon Champ @iShaheenAfridi
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) August 20, 2022
Although, he has been receiving a lot of replies and trolling on his tweet by Indian fans. Out of all the replies, the most subtle and hilarious was the one by former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan.
On Sunday, Irfan Pathan made a tweet that was a savage reply to Waqar Younis’s dig at the men in blue
Irfan Pathan also took to his Twitter and made a savage yet subtle reply to Waqar Younis’s degrading tweet for the men in blue. Irfan wrote how it will be a huge comfort for other participating teams in the 2022 Asia cup as Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are not playing.
Irfan Pathan tweeted,
“It’s a relief of other teams that Bumrah and Harshal aren’t playing this Asia cup!“
It’s a relief of other teams that Bumrah and Harshal aren’t playing this Asia cup!
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 21, 2022
Sadly, Bumrah has been ruled out due to his back injury. As for Harshal, he has not yet fully recovered from his rib injury. Therefore, they will not be able to make their appearance on-field for the 2022 Asia cup.
The Indian Squad for the upcoming 2022 Asia Cup.
The Indian star players who will make their appearance in the upcoming Asia Cup are Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Talking about Shaheen, the 22-year-old pacer is currently with the Pakistan team in the Netherlands as part of the rehabilitation program. Although he is making progress he is still unlikely to return to the field until October, said the Chief Medical Officer of PCB.
The Indian and Pakistani squads will face one another on August 28 in Dubai.