Twitterati hail Shoaib Malik for consoling the heart-broken Aftab Alam after the loss
Malik was excellent on the night and he remained unbeaten on 51 off just 43 balls.
Updated - Sep 22, 2018 2:22 pm
The ongoing edition of the Asia Cup witnessed its first close game thanks to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Both the teams fought neck and neck for almost 99 overs and in the end, Shoaib Malik’s experience won it for the Men in Green as the Afghan players and supporters were left disconsolate after a close defeat. More than anyone, Aftab Alam was disappointed who got it all wrong in the final over when he needed to defend 10 runs for the famous win.
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman had tried their best to keep their team in the hunt by picking timely wickets. But the medium pacers of Afghanistan were poor on the day. Though the skipper Asghar Afghan kept faith on Aftab and handed him the ball in the last over to win the thriller for his team. He started well with a brilliant yorker to Malik who refused the single which brought the equation down to 10 off five balls.
But, for some reason, the bowler tried to bowl a slower one and in the process delivered it short and Malik, with all the experience he has got, tonked the ball for a tremendous six which eventually sealed the game. Aftab Alam‘s confidence was shattered then and he bowled the next ball down the leg-side as well and a boundary meant Pakistan had won the game with only three balls to spare.
Aftab can’t control his tears
While the winning shot witnessed joy in one camp, there was an utter disappointment in the other after coming so close to taking down yet another ODI giant. After the loss, Aftab Alam was in tears as he failed to defend the runs for his team. He was so disconsolate that he didn’t get off the ground after the match ended and Shoaib Malik had to console him.
Even Hasan Ali joined in his senior partner with the other Afghanistan players also trying to cheer up their teammate. Though the loss was heartbreaking, the way the team fought had already won the heart of the fraternity and the fans. Moreover, Malik’s gesture to console the opponent bowler was hailed on Twitter as they praised the veteran for his exploits in the match as well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Afghanistan fought valiantly but couldn't win. However they've already won a lot of hearts.
So graceful from Shoaib Malik to first console Aftab Alam (who bowled the final over)
He then put his arm around the emotional Rashid Khan.#PAKvAFG pic.twitter.com/NBTgII9TIB
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 22, 2018
Humanity First ❤️🙏🏻
Shoaib Malik went ahead to sympathise with Aftab Alam, who broke down into tears after conceding consecutive boundaries – a sixer and a four, which cost his team a defeat. #Humanity#Sportsmanship#Pakistani’sHeart❤️ pic.twitter.com/pd4NWmB9yi
— Dr. Waseem (@DrWaseem611) September 21, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 21, 2018
@realshoaibmalik did not exhibit his experience in only batting, his demeanor overall was so mature. He walked up to Fakhar to cheer him up when he dropped a dolly, patted Shahidi for his brilliant knock, consoled the bowler Aftab Alam and hugged Shehzad after Pak victory.😍👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Z7evtV15jC
— Aamir Ali (@AamirAlee25) September 22, 2018
— Hashim Abbasi ♉ (@HashimAbbasi16) September 21, 2018
What a character Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) is: he walks up to the crestfallen, inconsolable Aftab Alam & pats on his back to have a few words of encouragement. Ali did the same. Such tender moments surely win hearts. Wish there was no hatred around. #PAKvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/ZiJR1VSWkk
— Tahir Ibn Manzoor (@TahirIbnManzoor) September 21, 2018
— Sana (@sanaaakhan9) September 21, 2018
Aftab Alam the bowler, absolutely gutted. Shoaib Malik, the batsman who won the match consoling him. Picture of the day. pic.twitter.com/EdjXNDp5P9
— Passand Ali Malik (@PassandAli) September 21, 2018
Shoaib Malik consoling Aftab Alam ♥️
— Ahsan (@AhsanMuhamad) September 21, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 22, 2018
— Hasnain Haider Abro (@HasnainHaiderA5) September 22, 2018