Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan slammed the Pakistan cricket fans after they trolled the Indian U-19 team for losing the Youth World Cup final to Australia.
The Boys in Blue made it to the final without losing a match. However, they were outclassed by the Australians in the title clash, losing the match by 79 runs in Benoni on Sunday (February 11).
Consequently, a lot of Pakistan fans trolled the Indian team for losing the third successive final against Australia. Notably, the Indian senior men’s team had lost the World Test Championship final and the Cricket World Cup final against the Pat Cummins-led Australian side last year.
Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Pathan wrote: "Despite their U19 team not making it to the final, keyboard warriors from across the border find pleasure in our youngsters’ defeat. This negative attitude reflects poorly on their nation’s mindset. #padosi".
Irfan Pathan’s post included the hashtag padosi as well. He had used the same word, meaning neighbours, in his tweet to troll the fans across the border after Virat Kohli scripted India’s miraculous victory over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2022.
“Padosiyon Sunday kesa raha," Irfan had tweeted after India’s win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Since then, many Pakistan cricket fans have used the same old tweet to target Irfan Pathan or make fun of the Indian cricket team. And there was no exception this Sunday.
Coming to the U-19 World Cup 2024 final, Australia posted 253/7 in their allotted 50 overs. Harjas Singh was the top scorer with 55 while Hugh Weibgen (48), Oliver Peake (46) and Harry Dixon (42) made significant contributions with the bat.
Pacer Raj Limbani starred with the ball for India, claiming three wickets by conceding 38 runs in his 10 overs.
In reply, India’s innings folded for 174 in just 43.5 overs. It was a listless batting performance as most of the wickets fell for a single-digit score. Adarsh Singh top scored with 47.
Mahli Beardman (3-15) and Raf MacMilllan (3-43) picked up three wickets each for Australia while Callum Vidler returned with a couple of scalps.