[VIDEO] Pakistani fan destroys Sarfaraz Ahmed’s hoarding as tempers flare over T20I series loss
There was no saving Sarfaraz Ahmed from facing the wrath of fans after Sri Lanka completed their first T20I series whitewash in Pakistan by winning the third and final match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. The stage was set for the World No.1 side in the shortest format of the game to enter the new cycle after a disappointing ICC World Cup in England and Wales by hosting Sri Lanka in their den.
Fresh from staging an impressive 2-0 series triumph in the 50-overs format at home in over a decade, Sarfaraz and Co. were quickly brought down to earth in the following T20I series - a format they are currently the table-toppers as far as the ICC team rankings are concerned.
While many fans expected that the hosts will batter the 'B-Team' of Sri Lankan side since the visitors were without regular starters and high profile name due to security concerns, The Islanders on the other managed to turn tables by clean sweeping the three-match opera 3-0 to register their first away T20I series win in seven attempts against Pakistan.
A fan not happy with Sarfaraz Ahmed after the 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka #PAKvSL#Cricketpic.twitter.com/S6Biri8z4f— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 10, 2019
A cricket friendly nation revelling in the much-anticipated return of the gentlemen game at home, unfortunately, failed to fathom the shocking scoreline as tempers flared in the aftermath of a devastating series trounce. From newly crowned coach Misbah ul-Haq to Sarfaraz and his team, the team's shortcomings were exposed by former cricketers and pundits of the game. In one famous incident, an ardent fan laid out his frustration at one of the hoarders which were wallpapered with skipper Sarfaraz outside the Gaddafi stadium.
Even though Pakistan under Sarfaraz managed to rule the T20I mix in the last couple of years, they looked like a shadow of a team they used to be and succumbed to devastating series loss which became inevitable after Sri Lanka's triumph in the second game. In series where Dasun Shanaka helped Sri Lanka scale new heights, his Pakistani counterpart on the other showcased abysmal performances clubbed with an embarrassing result.
"We still have to work on all three departments and especially we have to do well in the middle overs. Special thanks to the Sri Lankan team for coming here and having a good series," Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz said after the final game.