He who laughs the last laughs the best. Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa’s tweet following his country’s narrow victory over Pakistan has made headlines.
An incident that takes us back to 2016, the ‘Pakistani Mr Bean’ mention was to Pakistani comedian Asif Mohammad, who appeared at the Harare International Conference Centre in 2016. The concert, which apparently cost Zimbabweans $10 each, was a dismal failure. People were outraged that they had ‘lost’ money at the concert and dubbed it a scam.
Six years later, following a victory against Pakistan, Zimbabweans had the final laugh, with the president jumping on the bandwagon as the cherry on top.
Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza excelled for Zimbabwe with a stunning 3-wicket-haul as the Babar Azam-led side suffered a devastating 1-run defeat to Craig Irvine’s side in a Super 12 encounter in Perth.
Altercation on Twitter.
The aftermath had a backstory when a Twitter user reiterated the controversy and called for revenge.
And finally, the president hoped in.
They called it the “El Classico” of cricket, and they weren’t wrong. Pakistan’s Prime Minister responded, saying, “We may not have the real Mr Bean, but we have real cricketing spirit .. and we Pakistanis have a funny habit of bouncing back 🙂 Mr President: Congratulations. Your team played really well today.”
I’m not sure when we’ll be able to see the comeback as they apparently revolted against travelling to India for the World Cup and are virtually out of the current one. This T20 World Cup has been filled with drama, intrigue, and excitement.