Watch: Old video shows subtle animosity between Mohammed Shami and Shoaib Akhtar

Mohammad Shami recently took a dig at Shoaib Akhtar following Pakistan's loss to England in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 final.

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Mohammed Shami and Shoaib Akhtar

Mohammed Shami (left) and Shoaib Akhtar (right) Source: Twitter

The recent war of words between Mohammad Shami and Shoaib Akhtar has created a new spark on Twitter as the Indian speedster took a dig at Akhtar following Pakistan’s disappointing five-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the finals of the 20-20 World Cup. The 32-year-old termed Pakistan’s defeat as Karma and following which, got enormous from the Indian fans.

Now, on an interesting note, the dynamics completely changed following an old video of the former Pakistan international going viral on social media. In the video, the 47-year-old questioned Mohammed Shami’s inclusion in the Indian team for the marquee tournament and spoke about how the Indian team didn’t use him at all and out of nowhere included him in the squad.

“Management has to take the blame. There were a few confusing selections in the bowling department, like one with Shami, who all of a sudden was picked. He is a good bowler, but he didn't fit,” Akhtar was spotted saying in the video.

After the video went viral on social media, the fans believe this to be the reason behind Shami’s recent dig at Akhtar. However, many fans changed their opinion later on and agreed with Akhtar following India’s embarrassing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the semi-finals.

England clinch the final with a comfortable five-wicket win over Pakistan

Now, talking about the match, Pakistan were quite disappointing when they took on England at the finals of the 20-20 World Cup. The English bowlers absolutely hammered the Pakistan batters and bundled them for just 137 runs after 20 overs. Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were once again awful with the bat while middle orders failed to cope with pressure.

Pakistan's strength lies in their bowling and thus, there was a chance for them to get the glory. However, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s injury derailed their momentum in the middle and Iftikhar who replaced him gave away 13 runs in his five balls, which ultimately helped England make a comeback. In the end, Ben Stokes’ brilliant half-century helped England win their second 20-20 World Cup after 12 years.

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