Southampton [UK]: The World Cup match against India was heartbreaking for Afganistan, especially because Mohammad Nabi took his side so close to what could have been their first win in the tournament. However, Mohammad Shami dismissed Nabi for 52 in the final over dashing Afghanistan’s hopes.
Twitter heaped praises on Nabi for his efforts to take the game to the last over.
Referring to Nabi’s innings, Riteish Deshmukh congratulated Afghanistan for playing like true champions.
“Huge congratulations to #TeamAfghanistan they played like true Champions…. #Nabi,” Deshmukh said.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 22, 2019
One user wrote about the partnership between Nabi and Rashid Khan and how former Pakistan cricketer and now commentator Rameez Raja was forced to change his earlier statement.
49 runs off 36 balls with Nabi & Rashid batting
Ramiz: looks like Afghans are gonna go down in this game
Nabi strikes one 6
Ramiz: who says this game is over?!
You moron said it moments ago #INDvsAFG
— waqas (@enbybo) June 22, 2019
“Well played Nabi, well played Afghanistan. Couldn’t be more proud of this team. To play so well against the best team in the world, I’m not complaining,” another user said.
Well played Nabi, well played Afghanistan. Couldn’t be more proud of this team. To play so well against the best team in the world, I’m not complaining 🇦🇫❤️🇦🇫
— ➖ (@ArmaniStation) June 22, 2019
Cricket World Cup sympathised with Afghanistan and especially Nabi who brought his side so close to victory.
“It was heartbreak for Afghanistan and Mohammad Nabi who came so close to taking his side home. He played brilliantly for his 52,” Cricket World Cup wrote.
It was heartbreak for Afghanistan and Mohammad Nabi who came so close to taking his side home.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 22, 2019
One user said Nabi made the match more interesting.
“This man makes match much more interesting..well done #Nabi,” a user said.
— Deep Thinker || #ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ (@deepthinker2499) June 22, 2019
A parody account with Ravindra Jadeja’s name praised Nabi for keeping the match alive till the end.
“Well played Mohammad Nabi. Kept Afghan hopes alive till the end. #INDvAFG #INDvsAFG #AFGvIND,” the user said.
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) June 22, 2019
Earlier, Nabi took two pricey wickets of KL Rahul (30) and Virat Kohli (67) to restrict India to 224/8. Afghanistan will next meet Bangladesh on June 24.