On the occasion of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor’s 37th birthday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) took to social media to wish him with the video of his unbeaten 131-run knock against Pakistan from the 2011 World Cup. However, the post didn’t turn out well for the Pakistan players who were at the receiving end of Taylor’s high-class knock. The fans were quick to troll the then wicketkeeper of the Green Brigade, Kamran Akmal and Pakistan’s fielding in the comment section of the video. Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar, who had conceded at an economy of 7.78 in the game, also came under the radar of the critics.
Here is ICC’s post for Taylor:
Happy birthday to the incredible, @RossLTaylor!
— ICC (@ICC) March 8, 2021
Here are some of the comments:
Behind the successful Ross Taylor, there is Kamran Akmal @RossLTaylor
— Chef Raghavan, Madurai (@chef_raghavan) March 8, 2021
Missed it in 2011. And gathered courage after 10 years to watch it for the first time. Horrible show by Kamran Akmal.
— Abdul Ghani (@GhaniAbdul763) March 8, 2021
— Harsha (@Harsha27121995) March 8, 2021
Taylor’s blitzkrieg pulls off a brilliant victory for New Zealand
After opting to bat first against Pakistan in the World Cup game, New Zealand, at one stage, were reduced to 55/2. This is when Taylor stepped in and scored a blazing 131 not out off 124 balls. It is worth noting that New Zealand scored a staggering 100 runs in the last 5 overs to reach 302/7 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. The credit for the carnage goes to none other than Taylor who was just too good for the Green Brigade in the death overs. The Kiwis eventually sealed a comfortable 110-run win over Pakistan as the side got bundled out for 192. Notably, it was Shoaib Akhtar’s last international game.