Cricket is no less than a religion in India. Fans passionately support the game in this part of the world and even extend the national team's rivaly on the cricket field to social media. With the advent of social media, the madness is not restricted only to the streets or outside the cricket stadiums, netizens nowadays also expressing their opinion on the social networking platforms.
A similar incident has unfolded on Twitter. While former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar had taken to Twitter to motivate the Pakistan team to teach a lesson to New Zealand for abruptly calling off their scheduled tour of the Asian country due to security reasons, an Indian fan jumped in between.
Notably, Akhtar had marked Pakistan's T20 World Cup fixture against New Zealand and written, "Remember the date guys. This is where you respond to them with full strength." However, the Indian fan took a dig at previous reports of the Pakistani fans destroying TV sets after loss to India and wrote that there won't be any TV left in the country to watch that cricket match after clash against India.
Check out the interaction here:
Notably, Pakistan are set to begin their campaign with a clash against India. The Men in Green have not won a single game against India in either the T20I or the 50-overs World Cup so far. Post the defeat to their arch-rivals in a few of these crucial matches in the past, the populace of India's neighbouring country has taken to the streets and damaged a few TV sets as a protest against their team's poor outing.
Meanwhile, Akhtar's remark had come after New Zealand had cited security reasons to pull out of the tour in last minute. Following this, England also cancelled their tour to the country which has left the Pakistan Cricket Board absolutely devastated as they are set to suffer huge financial loss alongside a global humiliation.
Chris Gayle, who is with the Punjab Kings in UAE, had cheekily written that he would visit Pakistan to lift the spirits of the cricket-starved nation. Sri Lanka has also now offered to tour Pakistan to help them in their difficult time but such a tour looks possible only after the upcoming World Cup.