Team Pakistan could not won the Asia Cup Final 2022 but they surely performed as a strong unit. During the tour Pakistan’s new sensation Naseem Shah astonished everyone both with the bat and ball and embraced stardom as an all-rounder. In a crucial game against Afghanistan, the teenager led the men in green reach the finale of the Asia Cup match by hitting two sixes in the last over. This memorable moment will surely go down in the history for Pakistani cricket fans. After Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi, everyone will remember Shah’s sixes.
The Game-Changing Moment
Pakistanwas chasing 130 runs and had lost six wickets making it a total of nine, for just 31 runs. With 11 more needed, the tenth batsman, Naseem Shah, entered the field and hits two consecutive sixes in the last over, taking it home. The crowd went into a state of shock.
Relive the moment when @iNaseemShah made history in Sharjah – the home of iconic Pakistan 6s!
🇵🇰Zindabad #NaseemShah #PakvsAfg #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/mDt0HShsDR
— PTV Sports (@PTVSp0rts) September 7, 2022
Words of Wisdom
Before leaving for Asia Cup 2022, Naseem Shah promised his mentor Sulieman Qadir son of Abdul Qadir, that he would do his best to be a superstar of Pakistan cricket. Sulieman had told him if he does well in the next six months, he can be the superstar like Shaheen Afridi. But who would have imagined the young boy would embrace stardom in such a grand way.
Soaking the Adulation
Naseem Shah was appreciated by captain Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, former cricketer Younus Khan and Waseem Akram also congratulated him personally. Not just that, the entire entertainment fraternity crowned Shah as the ‘King’.
Commentator and former cricketer Wasim Akram, who had witnessed Javed Miandad’s iconic sixer firsthand, said “even he [Miandad] couldn’t have pulled off such a sensational finish at Naseem’s age!”
What a game… even I can’t take such a sensational finish at this age! Boy, what great sixes by young Naseem Shah… I was part of the team when Javed Miandad hit that last ball six… 26 years later today I witnessed two last over sixes… sensational stuff !#boysingreen
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 7, 2022
Singer Asim Azhar
While celebrating Pakistan reaching the final, Azhar took to Twitter and wrote, “What a way to qualify. I love these boys and this team.”
PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 REACHES THE FINAL OF #ASIACUP2022 !!! And what a way to qualify. I love these boys & this team. 💚 pic.twitter.com/DjZOoO4mbD
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) September 7, 2022
Singer & Actor Farhan Saeed termed it as “the best match of the tournament!” by far
“What a game, what innings by Naseem Shah! Unbelievable, love the courage of our guys, they don’t go back foot anymore! The finals will be fun,” he added.
By far the best match of the tournament! What a game, what innings by #NaseemShah ! Unbelievable, love the courage of our guys , they don’t go back foot no more!
Finals will be fun. #AsiaCup2022
Congratulations Pakistan ❤️
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) September 7, 2022
Filmmaker Shaan Shahid
The Zarrar maker congratulated Shah for making history. His tweet read, “Well done Naseem Shah. Sharjah will never forget our history of last ball sixes,”
Well done @iNaseemShah Sharjah will never forget our history of last ball sixes.. @🇵🇰🧿♥️💯🤲🏻
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) September 7, 2022
Producer & Actor Adnan Siddiqui
Calling Shah the “blue-eyed boy of the moment,” the Mere Pass Tum Ho actor said he wants to see a hat-trick from Shah in the finals, and “of course the Asia Cup itself too.”
Phew! Was a bundle of nerves till the last ball. @iNaseemShah, you are the blue-eyed boy of the moment. Bask in the adulation. Looking forward to a hat-trick on Sunday and of course, the #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/y6Rm4C346S
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) September 7, 2022