PAK vs NZ: "Joke of the Year"- Twitter reacts to Shaheen Afridi calling Mohammad Rizwan 'The Bradman'

Updated - 23 Apr 2024, 02:01 PM

Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan
Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan (Credits: Instagram)

"Joke of the Year", is how fans on X (formerly Twitter) are reacting to former Pakistan T20I captain Shaheen Afridi calling teammate Mohammad Rizwan, the Bradman of T20 cricket.

Afridi took to his official X account and this bold claim after Rizwan completed 3000 runs in the shortest format of the sport during the 3rd of a 5-match T20I series against New Zealand on April 21. He achieved his feat at the Rawalpindi stadium where the hosts lost the match by 7-wickets after winning the 2nd T20I by the same margin. 

"Cheers to Muhammad Rizwan - the Bradman of T20 cricket and Pakistan's SuperMan for hitting 3,000 T20I runs! 🏏🌟 Your impact has transformed the game and silenced the skeptics. Keep soaring, champion! You're an inspiration to many." - Shaheen wrote on his X account. 

Mohammad Rizwan, who is not opening the innings for Pakistan anymore, became the fastest batter to score 3000 T20I runs, surpassing Virat Kohli on the way. Rizwan reached to this individual milestone in his 92nd T20 international match and 79th innings against the B string visiting New Zealand team 2 days ago.

The 31-year-old also overtook his white-ball captain Babar Azam, who reached to his 3000 T20 runs in 81 innings, the same as Kohli. 

But the night for both Mohammad Rizwan and Pakistan did not end that well eventually. The wicket-keeper batsman was retired and hurt right after reaching his 3000th T20 run. Rizwan was forced to go back to the dressing room after scoring 22 off 21 in the 1st innings where Pakistan scored 178.

In response, the Kiwis, led by Michael Bracewell, chased down the total successfully within the second ball of the 19th over to tie the series by 1-1. 

Though the headline was Mohammad Rizwan for the completion of 3000 T20I runs. And the headline today is Shaheen Afridi mocking Australia's legendary former cricketer Sir Donald Bradman by calling Rizwan the Bradman of the shortest format.

Rizwan is nowhere near the average that Bradman had at the end of his career and fans on social media are quite confused as to how on earth Shaheen thought of this. 

Some fans are even asking about his mental state after the PCB sacked him from captaincy last month to re-appoint Babar Azam. And on that note, here are some of the best X reactions on Shaheen calling Rizwan, the Bradman of T20 cricket. 

Watch the best X reactions to Shaheen's remarks on Mohammad Rizwan


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