Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has probably become the public enemy number one after enduring a horrific day with both bat and ball in the narrow loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup. He scored just 15 runs and conceded 73 runs in 9.4 overs in the low-scoring thriller. Pakistan beat Afghanistan by three wickets in one of the most thrilling games of the ongoing competition to condemn the latter to their eight straight defeat.
The game was very much in Afghanistan’s side before Naib’s over gave Pakistan the momentum. Pakistan needed 46 from the last five overs with just 4 wickets in hand. With Afghanistan spinners keeping things tight, the game was slightly drifting to their side. However, the complexion soon changed when Gulbadin Naib took the onus on himself to bowl the 46th over.
He conceded 18 runs in that over with Imad Wasim hitting him for three boundaries. Naib had the chance to redeem himself when he came to bowl the final over with Pakistan needing 6 runs. However, on the third ball of the innings he made a mess while collecting a throw and it cost his team two runs. Imad Wasim then hit the fourth ball for a four to seal the game for his side.
Fought really well. Gave 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well. Shadab did well too, rotated strike. In this tournament, you’ll face these kinds of situations. Bad luck for us today, Hamid Hassan was injured. If he would’ve been there, would’ve been difficult for Pakistan. That was the turning point. Batsman need to take more responsibility. Thank you to the tremendous crowd here,” said Gulbadin Naib after the game.
With the win, Pakistan moved to the fourth spot in the points table while England dropped out of the top four. Pakistan continue to remain in contention for a semifinal spot while Afghanistan are still searching for their first win of this World Cup.
Meanwhile, Gulbadin Naib is facing the heat on Twitter after his poor day on the field. Here are some reactions.
Gulbadin … !!!!!!! Wtf ….
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 29, 2019
Gulbadin Naib should hang his head in shame.
He cost Afghanistan a historic World Cup win for his own personal gain.
— Joshua Jones (@joshuapsjones) June 29, 2019
Gulbadin Naib is the most selfish captain we have ever seen. He wants to open the batting even when there are a lot of better batters in the side. He wants to bowl when Afghanistan is in total control and just gives away the match #PAKvAFG
— Subodh Yeole (@SubodhYeole19) June 29, 2019
I've told this before and I'm telling it again. Gulbadin Naib is one selfish cricketer! Bowls always, opens the batting and reviews on his own bowling unnecessarily. Why is this bits & pieces cricketer the captain of Afghanistan at the first place? #AFGvPAK #CWC19
— JeepersCreepers (@raj33191) June 29, 2019
Highly irritating to see Gulbadin Naib come on to bowl the 46th over. When Pak are clearly struggling against spin, like in gully cricket, just because he's the captain periya Lordu maari avanaye kondu vantaan. Oru pace variation um kadayadhu, oru ezhavum kadayadhu. Mutta paya.
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) June 29, 2019
Go home Fevicol. Gulbadin Naib can fix much better. #PAKvAFG
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) June 29, 2019
If Afghanistan wants to improve as a cricketing nation, they need to get rid of selfish players like Gulbadin Naib. Its even more dangerous when such players play in the capacity of a captain. They will do anything to be in the spotlight. #AFGvPAK
— Chirag Gupta (@ChiragG14) June 29, 2019
— Bhookkad Guy | No NRC-CAA | آدتیہ (@rogueacademic88) June 29, 2019
Gulbadin naib has taken bribe from Pakistan @ACBofficials
— अमित सिंह (@amitjknsingh) June 29, 2019
Afghanistan should fire their captain for egomaniacal stupidity. He had a real chance of becoming a mega star by just letting his team win, than insist on bowling himself at crucial points incl the last over—and spraying full tosses. The worst, selfish captaincy ever
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 29, 2019
— Kanhusingh (@Kanhusingh30) June 29, 2019
Gulbadin Naib fixed the match perfectly, bowled shit full tosses and not giving over to shenwari. Politics killed Afghan World Cup campaign, making this guy captain over Asghar afghan and dropping Ahmed Shahzad. #PAKvAFG pic.twitter.com/XU4Fxe2uel
— Bharat Army (@bhartarmy) June 29, 2019