Reckless Pakistan batsman Mohammad Rizwan said in an interview with Michael Atherton that shopkeepers in Pakistan refused to take money from him after his unbeaten defeat to India in the T20 World Cup 2021.
“When we beat India at the time, I thought it was just a game for me. But when it comes to Pakistan, I saw the love of my people. After that, when I went to a store, they wouldn’t take money from me. They would say, ‘you go, you go. I’m not taking money from you! And so are Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi,” he said in the video shared by Pakistan Cricket.
In the 2021 match, Pakistan had most convincingly ended India’s nearly three-decade-long dominance of theirs on the world stage, embarrassing their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in the Super 12 leg of the T20 World Cup.
Skipper Babar Azam made his way to 68 as his opening partner, Mohammad Rizwan, hit 79 as the Indian bowlers struggled to contain the two batters.
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Virat Kohli’s half-century had helped India recover from a disastrous start to post 151/7 against Pakistan, but it was in vain as Pakistan raced to victory.
The two teams met three times this year, twice in the Asia Cup and once in the T20 World Cup. India won once in the Asia Cup group stage and once in the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage, while Pakistan triumphed in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup.
Rizwan will then play in the 3rd Test against England in Karachi from December 17. The Three Lions have already won the first and second Tests to clinch the series.