"Most heartening thing to see..." - Irfan Pathan celebrates Afghanistan's historic Super 8 entry in T20 World Cup 2024

Published - 15 Jun 2024, 06:26 PM | Updated - 15 Jun 2024, 06:27 PM

Irfan Pathan and Afghanistan Cricket Team
Irfan Pathan and Afghanistan Cricket Team. Image Credit: X

Former Indian all-rounder and commentator, Irfan Pathan, is one of the biggest fans and supporters of the Afghanistan national cricket team. The former World Cup winner never missed an opportunity to express his love and support for the Afghan side, both on and off the field.

Pathan has often expressed his admiration for Afghanistan's resilience and passion for the sport. His affection extends beyond admiration, as the commentator actively promotes Afghanistan cricket through his take on their performance and progress on the field.

Irfan Pathan shares a great bond with the Afghanistan Cricket Team

The former Indian all-rounder shares a strong bond with the Afghanistan cricket team, and it has been witnessed on many occasions. Apart from sharing a solo video of him dancing to an Afghanistan song, he also danced with Rashid Khan on the ground after Afghanistan’s win over Pakistan in the ODI World Cup 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Even Pathan hosted a dinner party for the Afghanistan team at his residence in Mumbai during the ODI World Cup 2023, and whenever they are in action, he always cheers for them and lauds their achievements on the field. Except for India vs Afghanistan matches, Pathan is always by Rashid's side.

Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan has yet again expressed his admiration for the Afghanistan team for their remarkable performance in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and Caribbean.

The former Indian all-rounder celebrated Afghanistan's remarkable progress in the tournament, congratulating the Rashid Khan-led team for securing a spot in the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

Irfan Pathan cheers Afghanistan's ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 Qualification

This achievement marked a historic moment for Afghanistan, becoming the only second Asian team after India to qualify for the Super-8 of the prestigious tournament. After which, Pathan expressed his joy on social media, applauding Afghanistan's bowlers and batters for their stellar performances.

He extended his best wishes to the Afghanistan team for the Super 8s of the mega ICC event. Highlighting a significant rise in Afghan batters’ performances, Pathan emphasized that alongside India's performance, Afghanistan's growth has been one of the most encouraging aspects of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

Irfan Pathan posted on X: “Apart from India's performance, the most heartening thing to see in this World Cup is the growth of Afghanistan cricket. Their bowlers have always had special skills, and now their batsmen are stepping up significantly. Good luck to them in the Super 8!”

Here's Irfan Pathan's post -

Notably, the Afghanistan team has shown dominance since the start of the ongoing T20 World Cup in 2024. They began their campaign with a commanding 125-run victory over Uganda and continued their streak with an 84-run win against New Zealand. Then, Afghanistan secured their place in the Super 8s by defeating Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets.

Interestingly, Afghanistan's win over New Zealand not only earned them a place in the Super 8s but also ended New Zealand's journey in the tournament. They will now play their final group match against the West Indies on June 18 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia.

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