Irfan Pathan faced criticism for dancing following Afghanistan's victory over Pakistan

Irfan Pathan faced criticism for dancing following Afghanistan’s victory over Pakistan. Afghanistan achieved a historic night on Monday when they defeated Pakistan in the men’s ODIs for the first time ever. The cherry on top was that they now had two victories in the 2023 World Cup. 

Pakistan reached a score of 282/7 thanks to the captain Babar Azam’s 74 off 92 balls. After that, Afghanistan mounted a brilliant chase, aided by some clumsy fielding by the Pakistan players, and won the match by an impressive eight wickets with one over remaining.

Irfan Pathan, a former Indian cricketer, is at the heart of a contentious debate in the cricket fraternity when he and ace spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan joyfully celebrated their historic victory over Pakistan on Monday at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium.

To the surprise of fans and viewers worldwide, Irfan who is currently employed as a broadcaster decided to join Rashid on the cricket field for a fierce game of “bhangra” following an exciting match in which Afghanistan defeated the Men in Green for the first time in ODI cricket. 

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Irfan used the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, to show his respect and gratitude for Rashid Khan’s outstanding performance during the game.

As this was going on, social media users underlined that the former all-rounder should have maintained a certain level of professional objectivity in his role as a broadcaster, while cricket fans made fun of him for what they perceived to be an act of empathy.

Afghanistan’s players performed admirably when it came time to reply. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, the openers, set the tone for the remainder of the innings with an outstanding 130-run partnership. Gurbaz made a quick 65 runs off of just 53 deliveries, and Zadran, who needed 87 runs off of 113 balls, came just short of his first ODI World Cup century.

Rahmat Shah and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi teamed for an incredible, undefeated 94 runs to further consolidate their pursuit, ultimately bringing Afghanistan to victory.

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