Former India opener, Wasim Jaffer has taken a shot at former England captain, Michael Vaughan for his comments regarding Team India’s victory on Thursday being heavily impacted by the Mumbai Indians players.
India defeated Eoin Morgan’s side in a thrilling game by 8 runs to level the series 2-2 with the series-decider scheduled on Saturday. Michael Vaughan pointed out that Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Hardik Pandya, who all three had crucial roles to play in the victory belonged to Mumbai Indians. Also, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal plays for the 5-time IPL champions.
Ishan Kishan, another Mumbai Indians superstar batsman, who was Man of the Match in the second T20I, missed the game due to an injury, making way for Suryakumar Yadav, who then cashed in the opportunity with a Man of the Match winning half-century of his own.
Rohit Sharma captained the side in the last few match-changing overs when Virat Kohli left the field after facing an injury scare.
Michael Vaughan, who had previously said that the Mumbai Indians are a stronger outfit than Team India, once again irked the Indian fans with his recent tweet.
“Just a thought … @surya_14kumar Mumbai Indian … @hardikpandya7 Mumbai Indian … @ImRo45 captaincy Mumbai Indian !!!! @mipaltan #JustSaying #INDvENG,” tweeted Michael Vaughan.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 18, 2021
Wasim Jaffer indirectly replies to Michael Vaughan
Wasim Jaffer, the Punjab Kings batting coach, responded to Vaughan’s comments, although he didn’t tag the Englishman. Jaffer says that if, as Vaughan feels, England were defeated by a franchise team and not a national side, then it is indeed embarrassing for Morgan’s team.
“When you say your team wasn’t defeated by a national team but by a franchise team, you’re not trolling your opponents, you’re trolling your own team. Night all,” the former batsman tweeted.
When you say your team wasn't defeated by a national team but by a franchise team, you're not trolling your opponents, you're trolling your own team. Night all. #INDvsENG
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 18, 2021
Speaking of the game, for the first time in the series, after three matches, the team which batted first won the game. However, England did threaten to take away the encounter while Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were smashing the Indian bowlers.
But the hosts’ bowlers, Shardul Thakur in particular, brought them back and in a nervy last over, Thakur sealed the deal to set up a grand finale on Saturday.