Expectations were high from the Pakistan cricket team as they faced England in the final of the men’s T20 World Cup 2022. After a tough fight, England edged Pakistan to win the Twenty20 World Cup and become the sport’s first dual white-ball champions, holding both the 50- and 20-over titles. In a bid to cheer the Pakistani team, several actors politicians and analysts penned heartfelt messages for the players.
Quick Match Summary
England restricted Pakistan to 137-8 in front of a partisan 80,462 fans at a heaving Melbourne Cricket Ground before Stokes’s unbeaten 52 steered them to a five-wicket victory with six balls remaining. The green shirts fell short in during the first innings, they almost made the match with superb bowling. Pakistan pacers led by Shaheen and Haris Rauf did a remarkable job of keeping their team in the hunt despite just 137 to defend.
Here’s what politicians, celebrities to analysts, had to say about the final match
President Dr Arif Alvi
The PM credited the team for “hard and brave” fightback as he hailed the bowling performance
Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 fought back hard & brave. Great bowling performance. But England 🏴 played better today. We are proud of our boys in green for making it to the final match of this mega tournament. 👏
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 13, 2022
President Dr Arif Alvi
The president said Pakistan tried its best despite a low score
Congratulations England, good all-round performance to lift the cup. Well played Pakistan, you bowled good and tried your best despite a low score.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) November 13, 2022
The PTI leader thanked the green shirts for “putting up a real hard effort”, especially pacer Haris Rauf
Thank you Team Pak for putting up a real hard effort specially Bowlers #HarrisRauf 👍 and fielding was beyond expectations hard luck but no worries great game of cricket
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 13, 2022
The former England captain said Shaheen’s injury had a major impact on the outcome of the game
Have to say the @iShaheenAfridi Injury had a major impact on the outcome of the game .. Pakistan have once again been brilliant to watch .. they being so much to the world game .. 👍 #ICCT20WorldCup2022Final
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 13, 2022
Women’s team pacer said the team’s bowling and fielding units deserved huge applause for putting up a great show
Congrats to England on winning the #T20WorldCupFinal but huge applause for our bowling and fielding unit on putting up a great show. Special shout-out to @HarisRauf14, @iShaheenAfridi, @76Shadabkhan and @iNaseemShah 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
InshaAllah next time 🤞🏽
— Fatima Sana🇵🇰 (@imfatimasana) November 13, 2022
The Indian cricket commentator also called Pakistan the best bowling team
Credit to Pakistan. Few teams would have defended 137 the way they did. Best bowling team.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 13, 2022
The British sports writer was also all praises for the Pakistan cricket team
Love this Pakistan team, love Pakistan cricket. Incredible contribution to the tournament, and a seriously exciting young team.
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) November 13, 2022
The Indian Cricket analyst said only Pakistan could’ve stretched England that far
Pakistan’s bowling made a match of it…to be honest, only Pakistan could’ve stretched England this far. Outstanding bowling unit. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 13, 2022
Osman Khalid Butt
The Chupke Chupke actor was just glad that the team didn’t give up and kept everyone “glued to their screens” till the end.
Well fought, team Pakistan. Kept us all glued to our screens. Nothing but love.
Get well soon, @iShaheenAfridi!
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) November 13, 2022
Zara Noor Abbas
Pakistan Team has outdone itself and the true spirit of fighting back. Super proud of the boys! They fought harder than ever. You guys are OUR stars and OUR pride. We welcome you back Home with all the respect and dignity 🙏 @RealPCBCricket #PakistanZindabad #TeamGreen #EngvsPak
— Zara Noor Abbas Siddiqui (@ZaraNoorAbbas) November 13, 2022
The Crown actor asked the men in green to buckle up and not lose hope but continue with the “incredible spirit” that they held throughout the tournament
Winning & losing will continue what matters is the incredible spirit with which Pakistan team bounced back in the tournament and continued to fight till the last ball. Well done boys. Insha Allah there will be many more opportunities to win in the future. Congratulations England! pic.twitter.com/QmQi2b9uY6
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) November 13, 2022
The Tich Button actor thanked the team for giving the nation the utmost happiness of getting to the finals again
Well played @babarazam258 & boys! Heads high .
Tough luck @iShaheenAfridi , you were missed in last overs.
Over all you were great. And thank you for giving Pakistan this happiness.
Till next !#T20WorldCupFinal
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) November 13, 2022
Ali Rehman Khan
Khan termed the team Pakistan’s superhero
Pakistan does have a league of super heroes, and these guys are it. They play like a single unit, fight hard until the very end and never let defeat shatter their confidence, coming back twice as strong. So proud of this team. We ❤️you team Pakistan. 🇵🇰 Zindabad! #T20worldcup22 pic.twitter.com/Etr5pqB2g0
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) November 13, 2022
The Habibi singer wrote, “Thank you my boys for the memories & the never-ending fight You made us believe in never giving up.”
Yar i love pakistan cricket fans. Hum world cup final haar ke bhi has rahe hote hain. Like dukh hai of course leken maza aya
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) November 13, 2022