Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar, on Wednesday (September 19), Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman for wearing his cap backwards during the Asia Cup showdown with India.
The last time Fakhar Zaman played against India before the latest encounter, the day turned out to be a dream one for him. He slammed 114 as Pakistan thrashed the arch-rivals to win the Champions Trophy. However, things panned out in an exact opposite manner on Wednesday.
He was first out for a nine-ball duck. It was his first duck in international cricket. And things went from bad to worse when he came out to bowl. The part-timer bowled his first over by wearing his national cap backside while bowling the 18th over of the Indian innings.
Not impressed with the gesture, Sunil Gavaskar did not refrain from slamming the youngster.
“Somebody may be the captain should tell him that it’s the national cap. He should wear it properly. You can do this in PSL (Pakistan Super League) may be but this is the national team,” Gavaskar said on air for the host broadcasters Star Sports.
Zaman seemed to have realised his mistake as in the very next over he was seen handing the cap to the umpires.
Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, soon turned his attention towards Dinesh Karthik, whose jersey name carries his initials ‘DK’, which is also his nickname in the cricketing circuit.
Opining on that, Gavaskar said:
“Maybe that’s his nickname but since the jersey carries his number, people should identify with the name. Maybe with the name, he can have his initials.”
Coming to the game, India thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets to prove their title credentials. The defending champions outplayed Pakistan in all the departments. Batting first, Pakistan could manage only 162 with Babar Azam’s 47 being the top score. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav picked up three wickets apiece.
In reply, India chased down the total by losing just two wickets in 29 overs. Rohit Sharma (52) and Shikhar Dhawan (46) led the charge before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik wrapped up the game.