Many of Umar Akmal fans were optimistic about the talented batsman doing great things when he was called up for the three-match T20I series at home against Sri Lanka. Akmal had not played for Pakistan since 2016 and it was an opportunity for him to try and leave a good impression on selectors and maybe retain his spot for the Australia series.
However, all those dreams and hopes were shattered when Umar Akmal registered two straight first-ball ducks in the two matches against a Sri Lanka side that was missing most of their major stars and had less experienced players doing the majority of the damage. The 29-year-old right-hander was and still is considered to be one of the most talented cricketers around since his debut in 2009.
Akmal has 1690 runs from 84 T20I matches at a strike rate of 122.73 and 8 fifties with the best 94. He also has a very good record in the T20 format with over 5000 runs in 256 matches and best of 115*. However, he has always been accused of wasting his talent and opportunities by giving under-par performances. This was the 10th duck for Umar Akmal, which tied him with Tillakaratne Dilshan for this unwanted record in the T20I format.
His fans have always backed him when other batsmen were failing to hold onto their spots, while Akmal was making runs in domestic cricket and other T20 leagues all over the world, including the PSL. But it seems those who loved his batting style and backed him to get a chance into the team, have turned on him and started trolling the batsman on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets:
Don Bradman in his last inning scored DUCK
Umar Akmal in his last inning scored DUCK#PAKvSL#UmarAkmal pic.twitter.com/yykv7CxgMd
— Rafi ullah Khan (@rafi00786) October 7, 2019
this is how Umer Akmal want to make century … 😪 #PAKvSL #UmarAkmal pic.twitter.com/GnFQZav6zG
— ŘỖϻẸỖ 🚬🚬 (@suttybaaZ) October 7, 2019
I dedicate this performance to our head coach and chief selector Misbah… Umar Akmal 😂😂😂#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/04fiiExYuW
— Sonu Azmat (@SonuAzmat) October 5, 2019
Umar Akmal – Two consecutive golden ducks! What a comeback for the legend… #UmarAkmal #PAKvsSL pic.twitter.com/3e4ZvWxlCh
— MALIK ARSLAN (@ArslanAkramPTI) October 7, 2019
Haters Will Say It's Fake #UmarAkmal pic.twitter.com/Tp2Ywmalvh
— Aftab Ahmed (@AftabAh03924579) October 8, 2019
Misbah-ul-Haq'face when Umar Akmal produced another Golden 🦆 #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/SJXfGIT9LB
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) October 7, 2019
Pakistan trying with the has beens haven't worked – Ramiz Raja 🤣
Has beens :
Shehzad (27 Years)
Umar Akmal (29 Years)#PAKvSL
— Tabrez (@its_tabrez__) October 7, 2019
Back to back golden ducks for Umar Akmal! The most disastrous of all comebacks… #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/QfDG2MS2VU
— Bilal 🇵🇰 (@Bilal_Arif_) October 7, 2019
The moment she realized that" Ticket lene sa acha tha ma lawn ka suit la leti"
#PAKvsSL #UmarAkmal pic.twitter.com/OpdPEvBMZ1
— Syed Muhammad Raza (@razashah1024) October 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Pakistan was routed by the second-string Sri Lankan team in both the first 20-over internationals. On October 7, Sri Lanka beat them by 35 runs as the Men in Green failed to chase the 183-run target, as Nuwan Pradeep picked four wickets and Wanindu Hasaranga picked three, that too in one over. For Pakistan, Imad Wasim top-scored with 47.
Batting first Sri Lanka had posted 182/6 with Bhanuka Rajapaksa making 77, Shehan Jayasuriya making 34 and Shanaka slamming a quickfire 27*. Sri Lanka won the series with this victory and the last T20I will be played on October 9 in Lahore.
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