Afghanistan’s Remarkable Journey in the 2023 Cricket World Cup
In the unfolding saga of Afghanistan’s remarkable journey in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, the Hashmatullah Shahidi-led team continued to defy expectations. Their victory over defending champions England, it turns out, was no fluke, as they went on to outclass the formidable Pakistan team. This triumph marked a significant milestone for Afghanistan, propelling them to the sixth position in the Cricket World Cup points table.
The historic encounter saw Afghanistan vanquishing Pakistan in ODIs for the first time ever, owing much to a stellar performance by Afghanistan’s top four batsmen and Noor Ahmed’s exceptional three-wicket haul. The trio of Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), Ibrahim Zadran (87), and Rahmat Shah (77)* shone with the bat, steering Afghanistan to a commanding upset victory.
Post the win, the cameras captured former Indian cricket sensation Irfan Pathan, joyously dancing alongside Rashid Khan in celebration of this monumental achievement.
Chennai’s Heartfelt Support Ignites Joyous Celebration After Afghanistan’s Historic Victory
In the wake of this groundbreaking victory, jubilant fans took to the streets, their exuberance filling the air. Gratitude poured in, particularly towards the people of Chennai who had fervently rallied behind the Afghan team. An elated fan from Afghanistan conveyed, “It was amazing. Fans were so excited, they were jumping as if we had won the World Cup. This feels more exciting than winning the World Cup. Seeing Afghanistan beat Pakistan, is something really amazing. It was a wonderful match, it was perfect. I love the ground in Chennai.”
However, amidst the celebration, a somber note emerged. An Afghan supporter pointed out that a significant number of Afghans reside in Pakistan and should not be compelled to return against their will. Ibrahim Zadran, the hero of the match, dedicated his Player of the Match award not only to his compatriots but also to those facing deportation from Pakistan.
Passionate Afghan Fan Hails Victory as a Stepping Stone to Cricket Glory
“This is a big progress for our team and I hope Afghanistan reaches the Semi-Final as well…They (Pakistan) should not treat us like this, there should be a proper way to deal with this. Ibrahim Zadran has dedicated this victory to those people who are very sad now, and who need support. I would like to thank Ibrahim Zadran that he feels so much for the people of Afghanistan. This win is like winning the World Cup for us, we will keep winning more and more matches. Our team is getting better,” shared an impassioned Afghan fan, looking towards a brighter future for Afghan cricket.