Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam extended his congratulations to the Australian cricket team following their remarkable triumph over India in the ICC World Cup 2023 final held in Ahmedabad.
Australia’s exceptional display in fielding and bowling limited India to a modest total of 240, despite a strong start by Rohit Sharma and half-centuries from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.
Facing an uncertain start themselves with early wickets falling to Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, Australia rallied through a formidable 192-run partnership between Travis Head and Marnus Labuchagne. This pivotal stand propelled Australia to secure their sixth ODI World Cup victory.
Head’s commanding 137 runs and Labuchagne’s steady 58 solidified Australia’s innings, resulting in a comprehensive six-wicket victory over India with seven overs to spare.
Among the flood of congratulatory messages for Australia’s dominant performance, Babar Azam, the former Pakistani skipper, took to Instagram, posting, “Congratulations @CricketAus. What a commanding performance in the final.”
While Babar Azam’s message was received as a well-intentioned gesture, cricket enthusiasts speculated whether Babar Azam’s message was reminiscent of Virat Kohli’s congratulatory note to England after their victory in the T20 World Cup 2022 against Pakistan.
Kohli Mocked Pak Babar got his Revenge pic.twitter.com/7EL8rQlvIh
— Lahori Guy 2.0 (@ShortCover_) November 19, 2023
In 2022, England, led by Jos Buttler, secured a five-wicket victory against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final, becoming the second team after the West Indies to claim two T20 titles.
Revenge Taken Successfully ❤️
Babar – 01
Kohli – 01 pic.twitter.com/SRECLZFzIF
— Azman Rehmani (@RehmaniAzman) November 19, 2023
Virat Kohli, who was the highest scorer of the T20 World Cup 2022, had lauded England’s remarkable triumph.
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