The former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan, brushed off social media critics for their sensationalized comments about the empty stands during the 2023 World Cup opener held on Thursday, October 5th.

In the latest edition of the tournament, the 2019 World Cup finalists, New Zealand and England, faced off at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest with a capacity exceeding 100,000. Despite its grandeur, the stadium appeared largely empty when the Thursday afternoon match began, drawing criticism from global viewers who degraded Indian cricket.

Irfan Pathan defended the local crowd through a post on X, advising against reacting to the negativity and urging everyone to savor the World Cup experience in one of the world’s finest stadiums.

“They feel left out that’s why they keep tweeting nonsense. Don’t react guys. Reach ke chakkar mein Ye apne tweet ko retweet karne wali janta hai (These are the type of people who retweet their own tweets just to get more reach). World Cup is in India. In one of the best stadium in the world. Enjoy the moment. Let them cry,” Irfan wrote.

In the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup’s opening clash on Thursday, October 5, reigning champions England faced a disheartening defeat against New Zealand at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

Joe Root’s valiant 77-run contribution lifted England to a total of 282/9. Notably, all 11 England batsmen reached double figures but couldn’t capitalize further.

New Zealand’s standout bowlers included Matt Henry (3/48), Mitchell Santner (2/37), and Glenn Phillips (2/17). Subsequently, Devon Conway (152*) and Rachin Ravindra (123*) launched a brilliant assault, propelling New Zealand to victory in just 36.2 overs.

Last Updated on October 6, 2023

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