Irfan Pathan stands up for his old friend Shikhar Dhawan after Warner’s nasty comments on him


During this lockdown, many cricketers have been doing a lot of Facebook/ Instagram/ YouTube lives and interestingly we all are getting pretty interesting insights into the minds of our favorite athletes who we look up to.

One such Instagram live which immediately comes to our mind as it also turned a lot of heads was a very recent one between David Warner and Rohit Sharma. While the duo spoke about many fun topics there was also a bit of controversy when many felt Warner took an indirect dig at his former Sunrisrers Hyderabad opening partner Shikhar Dhawan.

The swashbuckling left-handed opening batsman from Australia told Rohit that Shikhar does not like facing fast bowlers and would want to face spinners instead. This certainly did not go down too well with his old friend Irfan Pathan who decided to not take this one sitting down. While he was scheduled to have an Instagram live with Dhawan himself he saw this as a perfect opportunity to let Warner know how disappointed he was.

Shikhar Dhawan sidelined by thumb injury
Source: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Irfan via the social media platform quoted, “I remember your first ton was against Australia. No matter whether you play against Australia at home or away from home, you have to play their fast bowlers. Talking about Champions Trophy, you faced many fast bowlers and scored runs against them. I disagree with what he said. If I put Warner on a rank turner, even he wouldn’t be comfortable, he might ask Steve Smith to play. There are certain things one shouldn’t say. So I personally didn’t like what he was trying to say.

When Pathan asked Dhawan about how he himself felt about Warner’s comments, Gabbar himself seemed quite upset and took a sly dig at his former opening partner by stating that he has opened for India in all 3 formats for a very long time and being a natural opening batsman he always has to face fast bowlers.

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