Twitter erupts as the Ice cricket gets off to a flying start
Here's how Twitter reacted to this extravagant display from Owais Shah and the Royals.
The St. Moritz Ice Cricket hosted in Switzerland is an initiative to expand the horizons of the gentleman’s game. Some of the biggest names from the previous generation came together to commemorate the occasion and the tournament is off to a flying start, with Owais Shah playing a sensational knock to help the Royals register a big win.
Batting first, the Palace Diamonds led by Virender Sehwag got off to a sensational start. The skipper led from the front and took all the fans back in time with a flabbergasting rendition of masterful strokeplay. He managed to register a 31-ball 62, which included 4 fours and 5 big sixes. It was his arch-nemesis Shoaib Akhtar who eventually brought an end to his innings.
Towards the end, former Aussie batsman Andrew Symonds played a vintage knock as well, helping his side finish off on a positive note. Mohammad Kaif and Joginder Sharma chipped in with a couple of cameos as well, which helped them register 164 runs in their 20 overs. Abdul Razzaq registered exceptional figures of 4/18 whilst Akhtar returned with a brace.
Shah kills the game in style
The second innings of the game was all about a certain Owais Shah, who has remained out of the limelight in recent times. The English batsman bludgeoned a 34-ball 74, which included 5 fours and seven massive sixes. The best part of the innings was the 15th over bowled by Lasith Malinga, where Shah smashed three consecutive sixes and entertained everyone present.
South African legends Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis played a couple of crucial knocks as well, which helped them make a mockery of the run chase. Towards the end, Grant Elliot joined the part and the target was condensed in just 15.2 overs. The Royals’ scoring rate was well above 10.5 an over, which sums up how destructive their approach was.
The Diamonds had some big names in their bowling lineup like Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar and the one and only Lasith Malinga. But the Royals showed no respect to their legendary status and exhibited some high-quality cricket.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to this extravagant display from Owais Shah and the Royals:
Virender Sehwag is a special man.
first 4⃣ of the tournament
first 6⃣ of the tournament
And first 5⃣0⃣ of the tournament all are done by him.
Well done viru paaji. A nice knock of 6⃣2⃣ with blistering SR of 2⃣0⃣0⃣.@virendersehwag #ViruPanti #IceCricket #AbJamegiKulfi
— Atharv (@atharvc19) February 8, 2018
Its India Vs South Africa again here in Switzerland. Kallis and Smith facing Zaheer Khan & Agarkar. Unbelievable scenes from 1st ever #IceCricket on a frozen lake#Cricket #IceCricketChallenge #AbJamegiKulfi #ICET20 #india #BCCI #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/N4Z5BgdXqB
— Neeraj Anchan⏺ (@anchanneeraj) February 8, 2018
— N. (@LeMeNiaz) February 8, 2018
lol after t10 cricket Pakistani cricketers now playing ice cricket. Inko jaha marzi le jao. Inko ab logo ne jagrato mai bhi bulana shuru kar dena hai. ‘ #IceCricket
— Jitender Singh (@j_dhillon6) February 8, 2018
Dilshan is still wearing the SLC logo on his helmet!#IceCricket
— Tharindu Jayasinghe (@Pibu_Ra) February 8, 2018
— Saksham Mittal (@SakshamMittal14) February 8, 2018
#IceCricket is like those retired uncles playing cricket inside the apartment parking. Can't run, low pace and importantly – can't move the body freely ???
— Vaisakh Raj (@vaisakh_raj) February 8, 2018
— MAK Storyani (@MAK_Storyani) February 8, 2018
It was great to watch the game of cricket on ice.. Just amazing performances from both the teams.. Lovely knocks by @virendersehwag and Owais Shah.. Congratulations to the Royals on winning the 1st match played on ice.. #IceCricketChallenge #IceCricket #AbJamegiKulfi
— Aritra Dutta (@AritraDutta28) February 8, 2018
1st Indian to score Half century 62 of 31 ball….@virendersehwag you are unstoppable
— Amit Mohapatra (@Amit_mohapatra1) February 8, 2018
— Umesh Lakhmani (@umi_cricket) February 8, 2018
— HumaaaY?? (@hitbyreality) February 8, 2018
Legends Are always Legends Virender Sehwag 62" Owais Shah 74 " Muhammad Kaif Stunning Catch Abdur Razzaq 4/18 n Shahid Afridi golden Duck They Done Today What They Do In All Career #IceCricket
— HoneySays (@HaSeebGujjar78) February 8, 2018
So Afridi got a duck in his debut game of #icecricket ?
— Muhammad Noman (@Noman2294) February 8, 2018
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) February 8, 2018
— yahudi agent (@MarGyaAsfandyar) February 8, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 8, 2018