The fourth T20 between India and England saw the hosts taking an absolute command over the visitors. Fans took the social media sites by storm to express their feelings for their teams. Amidst all these happenings, we saw the war of tweets between two great batsmen: Wasim Jaffer and Michael Vaughan.
Former English cricketer and captain, Michael Vaughan, is known for his critical remarks on teams and players. He recently became the talk of the town with his taunting statements on the Indian cricket team and skipper Virat Kohli in particular. Fans were not at all pleased with his so-called humor and also regarded him as the annoying pundit.
However, India’s former opener Wasim Jaffer is not the one who takes trolls lightly. We have seen glimpses of his giving back talents in the past as he silenced Vaughan with his savage replies. There is a recap of such an occurrence yet again.
Despite India winning the match, Michael Vaughan could not help but launch a critical tweet on the skipper, Virat Kohli. Virat had left the field during the 16th over of England innings. Rohit Sharma stepped into the shoes of the captain for the remainder of 04 overs where he needed to defend 46 runs. Brilliant death over bowling enabled the Indian to secure a thrilling 8 run win on the last ball.
Fans were thrilled but also could not help notice Virat handing over captaincy to Rohit towards the end of the play. Michael Vaughan used this observation to launch a series of tweets on Virat Kohli which did not go down well amongst the fans.
Here are his tweets :
His tweets clearly indicated that he wanted to create a rift within the Indian team and spark the captaincy debate. He criticized Virat Kohli by mentioning Rohit Sharma as a better captain since the latter has also helped his IPL team, Mumbai Indians win several titles, unlike Kohli-led RCB.
Vaughan also goes on to add that the IPL team, Mumbai Indians is a better side than the current Indian side. Wasim Jaffer who is known to silence such critics, stepped up to the occasion to raise the bar of the war of tweets.
Wasim Jaffer gives it back to Vaughan in style
The divide and rule policy tried to be implemented by the English cricketer did not seem to work in front of the savage replies by Wasim Jaffer. He said that Michael Vaughan has trolled his own team instead of with his tweet as a franchise team (MI) defeated the national side.
Fans lauded this tweet wholeheartedly and were all praises for Wasim Jaffer. Comparing the Indian national team to an IPL franchise, and accepting defeat is an insult to the national side itself. We could not have expected a better response than this and from anybody else but the tweet legend himself.
However, with the T20 series decider and ODI series coming up, we should be expecting some more battles like this between Wasim Jaffer and Michael Vaughan. Also, it would be interesting to watch the outcome of the remainder of the series so as to who would lift the trophy.
India level the T20 series 2-2 with a thrilling win in the fourth T20
Having lost the toss, the Indian team was invited to bat first. An unsteady start slowly took proper form due to the valiant knock by the debutant, Suryakumar Yadav (SKY). He scored a brilliant half-century and was adequately assisted by Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to post a mammoth total of 185/8 at the end of 20 overs. Jofra Archer was the pick of bowlers as he bagged 04 wickets.
In response, the England team made a sluggish start as well. However, things took a turn when Ben stokes arrived at the crease. Both he and opener Roy furthered the England innings towards a seemingly easy victory. But fate had other ideas in store. A brilliant death over bowling from the Indian pacers ensured India to level the series with a thrilling win by 8 runs in the last over. Shardul Thakur was expensive but managed to bag 3 crucial wickets followed by Hardik Pandya who took 02 wickets.