'Are you mad?' - Fans slam Michael Vaughan after he calls Mumbai Indians a better team than India

Vaughan faces criticism from Indian fans.

Michael Vaughan and Virat Kohli
Michael Vaughan and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is facing the heat on social media for posting a distasteful tweet about Team India on Friday. Vaughan’s comments came after India’s poor performance with the bat against England in the first T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Playing their first T20I of the year, India could only manage a modest total of 124 for 7.

Asked to bat first, India’s hopes of posting a big total disappeared inside the first few overs after England bowlers made light work of their top-order. Jofra Archer gave England the early breakthrough by dismissing KL Rahul for just 1 before Adil Rashid sent back India skipper Virat Kohli for a 5-ball duck. Shikhar Dhawan could not do much either as Mark Wood dismissed him for 4 to leave India reeling at 20 for 3.

Rishabh Pant also failed to score big and departed for 21 to leave the team reeling at 48 for 4. At one stage, it looked like the hosts would struggle to touch the 100-run mark. However, a fine knock of 67 from Shreyas Iyer helped the team post a respectable total of 124. For England, Archer was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 23 off his four overs.

Fans slam Michael Vaughan

As India struggled with the bat, Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to take a sly dig at Team India. The former cricketer, who never shies away from making bold comments, cheekily said that Mumbai Indians are a better T20 team than the current Indian team, writing, “The@mipaltan are a better T20 team than @BCCI !!! ”

Unsurprisingly, the tweet did not go down well with most of the Indian fans and they did not waste much time in hitting back at him. While one fan called him ‘mad’, some were quick to remind him about the Test series. The fans warned him about the consequence of an early prediction while some also undermined his reputation as a batsman. Vaughan had come up with similar distasteful tweets after England’s win in the first Test before India made him eat his words by winning the next three Tests.

Here are some of the reactions: