Sarfaraz Ahmed, former Pakistan captain, has assumed a cult figure when it comes to yawning during a cricket game. And, especially when the game is being played in England. After his video of yawning during the 2019 World Cup fixture against India went viral, Sarfaraz was at it again during the recently concluded tour of England.
Sarfaraz, who was seen yawning during the Test series as well as the T20I rubber against England, was once again trollled by the fans. And, it seems like former Australian captain Steve Smith has joined Ahmed in the elusive list.
Smith was caught yawning while waiting for his turn to bat in the first T20I against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and a Pakistani journalist took to Twitter to share the image of the same, which he captioned it as ‘it’s spreading’.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 4, 2020
And, soon the fans started trolling Sarfaraz for spreading the ‘yawning virus’ in cricket.
Virus spread by Pakistan 😜😝
— khalid parvez (@kp_parvez) September 5, 2020
England ki hawaon me hi koi nasha hai.. 😂😂
— Ikra Ghazal (@iqraghazal) September 4, 2020
Absolutely yawning is contagious 😂😂😂
— Ruhail amin (@Ruhaay) September 5, 2020
15 minutes into F.R.I.E.N.D.S. pic.twitter.com/VKsQ7x779H
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 5, 2020
King Sarfu did it before it was cool😴 https://t.co/i2OLpAfVCB
— ashhad (@_ashhadd) September 5, 2020
Safaraz : Hum chaley, dunya jaley. https://t.co/2FSwhicaSa
— معاذ کھوسہ (@masatmithizaat) September 5, 2020
Sarfraz be like
Main karon tu sala character dhela ha https://t.co/1eNR9iwpKv
— شعیب انجم ہرڑ نقشبندی (@shoaibharrar98) September 5, 2020
Steven Smith trying to copy the GOAT Sarfaraz Ahmed 🐐 pic.twitter.com/zH1TNChMH6
— Yash 🇮🇳 (@CricFreakYash) September 5, 2020
Me getting ready to open the laptop on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/Oze2uF1MGs
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) September 5, 2020
Steve Smith’s dismissal triggered Australia’s horrendous collapse
Coming back to the game, Steve Smith eventually got the chance to bat after Aaron Finch was holed out at the mid-off. Smith kickstarted his innings with back-t0-back pull strokes- one in front of square and one behind- and was looking in really touch before he gave away his wicket to Adil Rashid courtesy a top-edge in the 14th over.
Smith’s dismissal kickstarted a collapse that saw Australia lose their next four wickets for 9 runs and within a space of 14 balls as England stormed back into the game thanks to some brilliant tactics by skipper Eoin Morgan and the pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
In the end, it was all left to BBL star Marcus Stoinis to take Australia home but barring a six off Tom Curran in the final, Stoinis mostly swung his bat like a rusty gate, eventually finishing with an unbeaten 18-ball 23 as Australia capitulated under pressure to hand England a two-run win on a silver platter.