'Overconfidence is always harmful for health'- Fans mock former Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur after Namibia stun island nation in T20 WC opener

Former Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur was brutally trolled for his Sri Lanka-Pakistan final prediction after the Asia Cup holders were stunned by Namibia in the T20 World Cup opening fixture.

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Veteran coach Mickey Arthur had confidently predicted a T20 World Cup  2022 final clash between Asian rivals Sri Lanka and Pakistan this time around. He made this statement through his official Twitter handle after both sides competed in the summit clash of this year's Asia Cup where the island nation came out on top to win their sixth overall title. 

However, Arthur is now at the receiving end after Sri Lanka faced a humiliating 55-run loss in their T20 World Cup opener against Namibia at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong on Sunday, October 16. After the Namibians pulled off an upset over the reigning Asia Cup champions, twitterati mocked Mickey Arthur for his statement on Sri Lanka and Pakistan playing the finals on November 13.

Here are some of the reactions:

At the same time, even Arthur himself gave his commisserations to the Sri Lankan team after they were stunned by Namibia but stuck firmly with his prediction that the island nation will make it to the final.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka who were riding high on confidence after last month's memorable Asia Cup victory were given a harsh reality check in their T20 World Cup opening fixture by the Namibians. Batting first, Namibia posted a respectable total of 163/7, riding on a fighting knock from middle-order batter Jan Frylinck who scored a 28-ball 44. 

In reply, the Lankan batters struggled to cope up with the bouncy nature of the wicket as the Namibian bowlers chipped in with wickets at regular intervals. Only Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20) and skipper Dasun Shanaka (29) showed some resistance which in the end didn't prove to be enough as the 2014 champions were bowled out for 108 in the penultimate over.