Ace India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has a knack of embracing controversies in between grand cricketing shows. The 25-year-old recently greeted former India bowler Zaheer Khan in a tweet that did not go down well with the netizens as they found it in an inferior taste. The former left-arm seamer turned 41 on Monday.
The Baroda all-rounder, who will soon turn 26, came up with a tweet showing himself whacking a delivery from Zaheer out of the park in a domestic game. He captioned it with a wish that “Zak”, by which Zaheer is fondly known as, also had a smashing birthday just like his smashing shot. Hardik soon faced the music from the netizens who felt he was being arrogant and less respectful towards one of India’s best-known pacers.
However, Zaheer Khan also was quick in responding and reminded Hardik of the next delivery which he bowled at him. While it remains unknown what happened off that ball, but surely the message must have the all-rounder.
Happy birthday Zak … Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here 🤪😂❤️❤️ @ImZaheer pic.twitter.com/XghW5UHlBy
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 7, 2019
Hahahaha….thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match 😉 https://t.co/anhQdrUBN7
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019
Hardik to be out of action for some months
Hardik Pandya, who had a decent World Cup and hasn’t played much of international cricket since then, is currently on a break because of a lower-back injury for which he underwent a surgery in London. He also confirmed to the fans in a social media post last Saturday letting them know about the successful surgery.
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Hardik is expected to be out of action for five months. He missed international cricket for quite a few months in the last year because of injuries. He also courted controversy in January by making remarks on a television show that did not suit the fans’ taste.
He even served a temporary suspension along with KL Rahul on that occasion before having a successful Indian Premier League. He played the T20I series against South Africa but has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series versus the Proteas. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.
Zaheer, on the other hand, was one of the key members of India’s bowling line-up and played international cricket for 14 years. In 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 T20Is, the left-arm seamer picked 610 wickets and was a member of India’s World Cup-winning team in 2011.
Here are some reactions from the Twitterati to Hardik’s wish to Zaheer:
भाई पंड्या रिस्पेक्ट देना सिख ले तेरे जैसे डंडे की तरह दिखने वालो के कितने डंडे उड़ाए है ज़हिर खान ने।
— बेबाक़ आवाज़ ( Parody ) (@BebakAawaj) October 8, 2019
Despite being a bowler he has 53 gorgeous international sixes. He has smashed bowlers like Brett Lee , Shoaib Akhtar out of the park. He would have crushed your toe with an inswinging Yorker if u played him in his prime. He is a legend.
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) October 7, 2019
This is what happens when someone get fame and money so easily. Akad aur ghamand dekho jara. You have everything except manners and ethics. Kisi ne sach kaha h, paisa tameez nahi sikha sakta, wo in born quality hoti h aur no doubt you lack it.
— Aparna 💃 (@AppeFizzz) October 7, 2019
Manners,ethics,wo kiski chidhiya ka Naam hai.
Hardik Ko Mallon bhi nahi since Birth.🙏
— Azher shareef (@azhershareef33) October 8, 2019
This is pure overconfidence
Zak is the. Best
— koushal Singh Negi (@koushalne) October 7, 2019
Now after discharge, go for mental surgery !
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) October 7, 2019
Naam aa gaya, paisa aa gaya lekin tameez nahi aayi.
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) October 7, 2019
— Indian Memers League (@official_iml) October 7, 2019
Absolutely… unbelievable that Hardik is soooo silly…no common sense of when to say what. Hope he learns…
— loganpauler (@steve_jakepaul) October 8, 2019
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