Australian cricket journalist, Dennis Freedman has often drawn attention towards himself by doing controversial things. The journalist has regularly favored the Pakistan cricket team so that he can draw the ire of the Indian fans. Currently, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the entire world has come to a standstill but Freedman is still behaving in the same way.
He followed the trend of picking all-time XIs and preferred to pick his own all-time IND-PAK combined Test XIs. Shockingly, he picked 11 players from the Pakistani team while named Ajinkya Rahane as the 12th man of the team. Here’s how his team looks like:
Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Shaan Masood, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah , and Naseem Shah.
As always, the Indian fans roasted him for his controversial views. Some Pakistani users appreciated the journalist for picking this team, but then there were a few real cricket fans from India’s neighboring country, who called him out for picking such a poor team. Here are some of the best trolls from the fans of both countries:
Are you kidding me? Please remove atleast Shan, Abid & Rizwan then we can talk. They are a mockery infront of Indian batsemen. Maybe shan isn't, but Rizwan? He doesn't deserve even to play fast class
— Harris A. (@harrisazhar130) May 6, 2020
Kya team hai. Champion ??. But only with Zimbabwe,West indiea and Bangladesh. Puri team ke run to Kohli akela banadega????
— Ansh jain (@Anshjai08003018) May 7, 2020
Thats why your team is at 7th?
— Atom (@GAURAVMISHRA09) May 6, 2020
Hahahahaha Indian's waiting for you in the IPL pic.twitter.com/RNbBh359Md
— Zaroon (@Nakha125) May 6, 2020
Hahahaha… This guy seriously has problem with Indian cricket… Quarantine side effects
— Rahul Negi ?? (@rahulnegi345) May 8, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a very adverse effect on cricket because the BCCI had to suspend the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. The fans expected to witness the grand return of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni in IPL 2020. Unfortunately, the tournament may not happen soon as the fans will have to wait for more to see Thala play in the yellow colors.
Also, there is a huge question mark over the future of the Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup 2020. The Indian team has expressed readiness to play behind closed doors. Thus, it will be intriguing to see if the BCCI allows them to visit foreign nations. However, the chances that international cricket resumes before July are minimal.