Following Pakistan's five-wicket loss to England in the final of the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup, Indian pacer Mohammad Shami took a dig at legendary Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, terming the loss as "Karma".
Top knocks from openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler had earlier powered England to an emphatic 10-wicket win over India in the second semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup in Australia at Adelaide on Thursday.
Akhtar had posted a heartbreak emoji after the loss on Twitter.
Shami responded to the post by saying, "Sorry brother It's called karma."
Sorry brother— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) November 13, 2022
It’s call karma 💔💔💔 https://t.co/DpaIliRYkd
Notably, Akhtar had slammed India after their semifinal exit in the showpiece event. In a video posted on his official Youtube channel, the former Pakistan spearhead had said that the Men in Blue did not have "express pace bowlers, "cut-for-role spinners" and had come to the tournament with "confused team selection".
"India does not deserve to meet us at the MCG. Because their cricket has been exposed. What's the big deal about reaching the semis? There are four quality teams. Defeating Netherlands and Zimbabwe to reach semifinal is nothing huge. Indian cricket, I think, is at the lowest right now because when it comes to ICC events, India will need to look at their captaincy, the management will need to take the blame," he said in the video.
He also questioned Shami's inclusion in the squad saying, "All of a sudden, they added Shami to the squad. He is a good fast bowler, but did not deserve to be in the squad. I cannot tell what the final XI is for India right now. India should have shown aggression, they had given up after the fifth or sixth over. I do not think India have depth in spin bowling. Chahal could have played. He was not included in the playing eleven. If Adil Rashid could play, why couldn't Chahal?"
Leading up to the final clash, Akhtar had taken a dig at Indian bowlers saying, "The difference is that England are in a comprehensive position, their confidence will be sky-rocketing. England know Pakistan bowlers are not like India. They will have to work hard to win, they won't get a walkover."
England successfully avenged their loss to Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup final by clinching their second T20 WC title at the same venue where they lost to Men in Green 30 years ago.