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India, Pakistan cricketers’ Twitter banter blows up, Harbhajan calls Amir ‘fixer, disgrace’

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir teased former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh leading to an escalating war of words, in the aftermath of India’s loss in Sunday’s T20WC match.

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New Delhi: The social media fallout of Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup continued Tuesday when former international cricketers from either side of the border, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir, engaged in Twitter banter that devolved into a war of words.

Amir had first tagged Harbhajan in a tweet Monday. In apparent reference to the banter Harbhajan and former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar engaged in over the weekend, Amir expressed hope that Harbhajan had not broken his television as it is “just a game of cricket”.

Harbhajan’s response came a day later, after Pakistan’s win over New Zealand, as he uploaded an old video of him hitting a six off Amir’s bowling to win a 2010 Asia Cup match.

Amir then shared a video of Harbhajan conceding 24 runs in four balls to Shahid Afridi in a Test match in 2006.

It all appeared to be friendly banter until Harbhajan decided to reference Amir bowling deliberate no-balls in the infamous case of spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test match against England in 2010, for which Amir was banned from all cricket for five years. “Shame on you and your other supporters for disgracing this beautiful game,” Harbhajan tweeted.

Amir took this tweet as evidence of the Indian off-spinner being unnerved and doubled down on his previous tweet.

Harbhajan then went deeper into his criticism of Amir’s past transgressions, stating that people like Amir are only interested in money and not honour or integrity, before telling him to “get lost”.

But the scrap did not end there, as Amir pulled out every possible target he could find against Harbhajan, from another reference to Pakistan’s Sunday win, to Harbhajan being reported for a suspect bowling action.

Harbhajan then re-shared a clipped version of the same Asia Cup video, saying, “Fixer ko sixer.. out of the park…chal daffa ho ja.”

But Amir had the last word.

This extended scrap between Amir and Harbhajan attracted a great deal of attention from cricket fans on Twitter, some of whom continued to engage in arguments over the two players’ careers, while others called out their immature behaviour.

India’s next match in the World Cup will take place on 31 October against New Zealand, while Pakistan will play Afghanistan on 29 October.

(Edited by Shreyas Sharma)

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