ICC World Cup 2019 opening ceremony brought cricketers and celebrities from all the 10 participating nations together for a fun 60-second challenge of gully cricket.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, who attended the event in front of Buckingham Palace in London, couldn’t help but take a dig at India.
While former Indian skipper Anil Kumble and Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar represented India in the game, and Malala Yousafzai along with former Pakistani cricketer Azhar Ali took the challenge.
The Indian duo managed to put a 19 runs, which was the least among all the participating nations.
Host nation England came out on top with Kevin Pietersen and Love Island’s Chris Hughes scored 74 runs, edging out Australia, who scored 69. While Pakistan scored 38 runs, exactly double that of India.
After the game when the host Shibani Dandekar asked Malala about her team’s performance, took a dig at India by saying, “Pakistan, we were okay, not too bad. We came seventh. But at least we were not last like India.”
However, her comments were not taken in the right spirit of the game, as social media called out on her “hate towards India.”
Following the 60-second challenge, the Cricket World Cup trophy was carried to the stage by 2015 World Cup-winning Australian captain Michael Clarke.
Source : Various