These days, one tweet will often spark a heated argument before or after an India-Pakistan match.
Waqar Younis, a legendary Pakistani pace bowler, tweeted a few hours after star fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was forced to withdraw from the Asia Cup due to a knee injury: “Big relief for Indian top order batsmen following Shaheen’s injury. I regret not getting to see him.”
Waqar’s post has sparked a debate among cricket fans on both sides of the border, with many former Indian players arguing that Jasprit Bumrah, probably the best speed bowler in cricket history, would make Pakistan just as happy not to see his face.
Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, joked that the absence of Bumrah and Harshal Patel, a seamer with numerous variations, would be welcomed by Pakistan and the other nations competing in the Asia Cup. Bumrah and Harshal not competing in the Asia Cup is a relief for other teams, tweeted Pathan.