Pakistan channel shows Imran Khan’s Twitter poll win over Virat Kohli as ‘Breaking News’, trolled
A Pakistan news channel faced criticism.
Updated - Jan 13, 2021 10:05 pm
The India and Pakistan cricket fans were again at loggerheads on the microblogging site, Twitter as the International Cricket Council (ICC) stirred a debate on who among Virat Kohli and Imran Khan boasts of having improved individual record after leading their respective National teams. The cricket fans of two rival nations took it as a matter of their pride as they voted in mass numbers.
On Tuesday, January 12, ICC took to their official Twitter handle to start a unique poll where they asked their followers and ardent cricket fans to pick one among Virat Kohli, Imran Khan, AB de Villiers, and Meg Lanning, who became ‘extraordinary cricketers’ after becoming captains of their respective nations.
“Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers. Their averages improved as leaders. You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses!,” the ICC tweeted.
Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers 🧢🏏
Their averages improved as leaders 📈
You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses! pic.twitter.com/yWEp4WgMun
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
The ICC Poll results create an uproar on Twitter
The poll quickly went viral on the microblogging site and as many as 5,36,346 people participated to vote for their favourite and deserving candidate. Undoubtedly, the main fight was between India’s Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s Imran Khan.
Surprisingly, the former Pakistan all-rounder triumphed India’s current skipper as Imran got 47% of final votes while Virat also gave a neck-to-neck competition having 46% of total votes under his belt. The third place was acquired by South Africa’s hard-hitting batsman AB de Villiers who secured 6% votes while Australia’s Meg Lanning got just 1%.
Who would you rate as the best among these giants?
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
Pakistan news channel faces criticism
While announcing the results, ICC also reflected on the individual records of all the players when they were leading their side. Dubbed as the greatest ever captain to lead Pakistan, who also helped them in winning their maiden World Cup title in 1992, Imran khan had a breathtaking batting record while captaining. His Test batting average while leading the side was a whopping 52.34 while not leading the side was 25.43.
“#CaptainsMonth. The results are out!. You’ve decided the best ‘pacesetter’. The indomitable Imran Khan has emerged as the highest-rated captain, beating Virat Kohli, Meg Lanning, and AB de Villiers in the poll”
The results are out!
You've decided the best ‘pacesetter’ ✨
The indomitable Imran Khan has emerged as the highest-rated captain, beating Virat Kohli, Meg Lanning, and AB de Villiers in the poll 🙌 pic.twitter.com/HAX4piHmeB
— ICC (@ICC) January 13, 2021
The results of the poll organized by ICC were shared by a Pakistani media channel. Twitter came out with perfect replies in order to troll the channel for covering it as breaking news.
Here are the best tweets
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) January 13, 2021
They are celebrating a twitter poll victory 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Abhijeet (@abhijeet2510) January 13, 2021
What a joke Pakistani media is
Don't they have some serious topic in the country to cover?
— Jaddu (@RockstarJaddu) January 13, 2021
Sometimes I do feel sad for the common people of Pakistan. 😞
— Knucklehead (@jst_chill_out) January 13, 2021
This is a news
Oh man 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Gaurav DC 💙✌🏼 (@CriKSpy) January 13, 2021
— Viky Dutta (@Viky_Dutta) January 13, 2021
Real breaking news indeed. Will he be presented with medals or????
— DarkKnight (@iamshinerk) January 13, 2021
Highest achivement??? 🤣🤣
— Nyra (@NyraJoshi) January 13, 2021