World Cup 2019: Malala Yousufzai is happy Pakistan finished ahead of India in 60-second challenge

World Cup 2019: Malala Yousufzai is happy Pakistan finished ahead of India in 60-second challenge

The India vs Pakistan contest can even get the better of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It does not matter whether you are just a fan or a Nobel Laureate, if you are from India and Pakistan you just cannot get over the rivalry between these two nations and Malala Yousufzai once again proved it. The Nobel peace prize winner from Pakistan just could not resist taking a dig at India during the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2019. Malala used India as a reference to justify Pakistan’s poor performance at the World Cup opening ceremony.

During the opening ceremony, a short competition was held, called the 60-second challenge. One cricket legend and one celebrity represented each team. All they had to do was score as many runs as possible in the given sixty seconds. Cricketing legends like Viv Richards, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Kevin Pietersen were the notable participants in the game.

For India, former skipper Anil Kumble and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar took part in the game. However, they fared poorly and managed only 19 runs from their 60 seconds. On the other hand, Pakistan scored exactly the double, accumulating 38 runs. The Men in Green finished seventh in the standing but Malala was not too fussed about it as she was more than happy that her country finished above arch-rivals India.

“Pakistan, we were okay, not too bad, came No. 7…. but India came last!,” said Malala as she set the tone for the upcoming contest between the two nations in the World Cup.

India and Pakistan will take on each other in a mouth-watering clash on June 16 in Manchester. India have the bragging rights of this World Cup fixture, having won all the six games they have played against Pakistan.

England wins the 60-second challenge:

Talking about the overall contest, hosts England were the winners. Represented by Kevin Pietersen and Chris Hughes, the hosts scored 74, finishing above Australia’s Brett Lee and Pat Cash, who scored a total of 69 runs. Afghanistan were third and the only other team to cross the 50-run mark after collecting 52 runs. South Africa were fourth with 48 runs, followed by West Indies’ 47. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India took the remaining places.